Monk Skiff #1: Our First Boat

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Blog entry by deutschman posted 12-12-2012 02:09 AM 1944 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey guys and girls. For those of you who did not read my “Intro,” I am currently attending a traditional boat building school in Washington. We started our program with some small beginning projects such as some joint practice pieces, a few hand made tools, and a tool box. We then did some drafting and lofting, and have now finely made it to building our very first boat.
This is my groups 11’ Monk skiff, which we lofted and modified a bit. So fare its all Honduran Mahogany and red cedar. All the fittings are brass.
There are about 12 of us working on this boat so we all take turns working on different parts of the skiff while working on our own personal projects as well. So fare I made the stem, and have helped with fitting some of the side planking.
Here is my stem all cut out and ready to fit to the boat molds. Its a two part stem so cutting the rabbet was really easy. The outer section of the stem gets fastened on to the skiff after all the side planking is fastened to the skiff. (if some of the pictures look edited its because they are from my Instegram account…)
Transom fitted.
The second side plank going on.
Ones we got the bottom two side planks secured, we started fitting and fastening the bottom planks. That funny “U” shaped piece of pine is what we call a “preacher.” Its a lay out/measuring tool we used to help project lines on the boat.
Then the edges that were running wild were trimmed down with Japanese saws and planed to match the sides of the boat.
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Then it was time to do some caulking with cotton. The caulking seams were painted with some turpentine to help the cotton slide down into the seam.
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Then we planed down the planks and got everything fared out.
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The last thing we got to today, was fitting and fasting the upper side planks. We had to mess with the bevels on the plank a bit to get everything to fit tight.
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And thats it for now. More later! Thanks for looking.

-- May the wind blow ever at your back

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#1 posted 12-12-2012 02:38 AM

I was gonna offer some suggestions but it looks like y’all have it pretty much under control !

All joking aside, y’all are doing a great job. Keep on keepin’ on!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 12-12-2012 05:16 AM

Looks like everyone is having a great time “messing about with boats”.
There’s no better way to pass the time…........ well maybe sailing them :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 12-12-2012 05:27 AM

If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fiberglas trees.
Love it!

-- May the wind blow ever at your back

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