Sunshine Yacht Tender Model #9: Keel and Deadwood

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Blog entry by kharder posted 12-21-2010 05:24 PM 2471 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Wood Arrives Part 9 of Sunshine Yacht Tender Model series Part 10: Transom, Stem and Rabbet »

It’s been a busy fall, but I’m trying to get back into the model now that i have some time over the winter. Some of these are old pictures i was too busy to post, so i’m going back and retroactively posting the construction sequence.

now that the molds are all set up, it’s time to cutting and shaping that beautiful wood from HobbyMills. Just like in a real boat, it all starts with the keel timber which forms the backbone of the whole boat. In the lofting below, the keel is the narrower piece down the middle of the boat, the wider piece that goes on top of the keel to hold the planking is called the keelson.

Here are the keel and the stern post and deadwood cut out

The lofting shows how they all fit together

you can see from the lofting that there is a mortise in the deadwood and tenon on the stern post to lock them together. I cut the mortise and tenon with a coping saw.

here they all are fit together. there is a gap at the top of the deadwood that will be filled with glue/sawdust as the sternpost is the right height. must have been to zealous sanding the curve of the deadwood.

Here they are all glued together

Next up are the stem and knee!

Build Costs:
  • Plans – $45.00
  • Lofting Supplies – $6.50
  • Strongback and Molds– $18.50
  • Soft Maple, Jatoba and Alder – $94.50

Total Cost = $164.50

Build Hours:
  • Lofting – 16 hours
  • Molds – 12 hours
  • Materials Research – 4 hours
  • Backbone – 4 hours

Total Build Hours = 36 hours

Next Steps
  • assemble backbone pieces
  • start planking the hull

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 06:00 PM

I’m looking forward to getting caught up on your build. Boat building is always interesting – no matter what the scale. Looks like you are off to a great start!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 06:07 PM

Yes yes, I am very much looking forward to following this blog. This will be fun and interesting. Great start!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 06:44 PM

Looks pretty real. I can tell you’re having fun. As (was it rat or toad) said “There’s nothing, absolutely nothing, quite so worth while as simply messing about with boats”.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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