Project Mississippi #3: The Hull

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Blog entry by William posted 06-30-2011 03:01 AM 3956 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 06-30-2011 04:13 AM

Make sure you keep hydrated in the heat! Your wife is right, this is bigger than envisioned but keep going, I wanna see the results!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 06-30-2011 11:36 AM

Awesome work so far, William! My partner’s dad built a couple of boats to scale and I want to show him this blog. It is cool to see this coming together so nicely. ( And YES! it is big!) But it really looks cool! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 06-30-2011 03:45 PM

Thanks ya’ll. I think the actual size and shape of the boat is going to come along quite quickly. It’s the details that are going to take time.
Just for a few examples, there are going to be three main decks. There will be handrails around all main decks. There will be two sets of stairs along each sides leading between the decks. At the front I plan on two spiral staircases leading to the second deck.
My son asked me last night why I seem to be moving so fast on it. I explained to him that I needed to get a jump start on it. You all know I get down sometimes. Just in case something happens and I get down for several days to a week between now and July 31, I want to make sure I still have time to get this done and enter it into the contest. Although I am enjoying the build, that contest is my main purpose for doing this project. It’d be terrible if something happened and I couldn’t make the deadline.
Yes it is big. Actually it is bigger than I originally planned. After playing with the numbers of the scale I wanted though, this was as small as I was able to go and still be able to work with certain details that I wanted to put on it. It’s fine though. It is going to be a purple martin house and they live in a community setting. So I believe the more holes, with sectioned off individual compartments, the better.
My biggest obstacle I’ve had as far as planning is has been the ability to open this up every fall to clean it out without hampering the look of it. It came to me in bed last night and I now have it figured out how I want that to be done. So now it’s full steam ahead. The only problems I have are the smaller details, which I have to iron out as I come to them.
I’m really enjoying this project for several reasons. On of the main ones though is the way I’m building it. At the very least, when I do a project, I at least have some plans that I have jotted out myself. On this one though, I had a few notes as to scale. Other than that, I’m just making it all up as I go along. It’s fun to build sometimes without a plan. Just envision what you want and go for it.


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#4 posted 06-30-2011 04:12 PM

The interesting thing about this build is that I can’t look at the plans and see how it is going to turn out! It is comiing along nicely – I’m already looking forward to your next post.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 07-01-2011 04:40 AM

Thanks sras. You don’t have to wait long. I’m getting ready to type up today’s post in just a few minutes.


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#6 posted 07-02-2011 08:02 AM

Looks like your having a good time with it William. Your plans are impressive, a triple deck? wow. Seeing the way you are constructing the ship reminds me of some toy paddle boats I made years ago for my daughter, nephew, and a friends kid. Of coarse they were more like an old cub scout project I remember as a kid with the rubber band powering the paddle.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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