|Blog series by mpmitche||updated 12-12-2010 04:16 AM||8 parts||9337 reads||19 comments total|
I’ve put plenty of sweat into this project but today was the first blood. I cut myself on a plane blade clearing a shaving from the mouth. I guess that means it is still a pretty sharp blade. No tears yet but I’m sure when I put the little one in he’ll add plenty of them. Here are a few pics of the project so far. ” target=”_blank”>http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz192/michaelmbuffalo/Baby%20Tender/DSC02384.jpg
I cut out the skeg and rockers about a week ago with some hand saws. I now have the skeg finished up and will be adding it to the bottom of the tender soon. The rockers are getting close but it is slow going finishing the curves off with rasps and files.
Here is a pic of the skeg screwed onto the hull and the rockers mocked up. I still need to drill the rockers for the 1” dowel that connects them. Once this is done everything can get the final sanding and be attached. It’s finally starting to look like a rocker.
Tonight I didn’t have much time to work on the boat but I did get the outer stem attached. It still needs to have the screw holes plugged but at least it is on. I used 4 #6 silicon bronze screws to hold it on but had some problems. Because I couldnt very easily clamp the bottom (top sense it is upside down) I tried to pull it in with the screws. This resulted in a couple broken screws. Luckily I was able to drill them out and then use my head. I sucked the difficult screws up firs...
Before I take the hull off the molds I want to attach the rockers and finish the bottom. I needed a change and finishing the bottom felt like a good idea. Now once I attach the rockers I shouldn’t have to go back to the bottom again. Here are a couple pics of the rockers and hull bottom with several coats of shellac rubbed on.The finish makes the flecking in the white oak stand out much better than unfinished.
I bought a set of harbor frieght plug cutters and could not get the 3/8 plugs to fit my screw holes. The cutter burned even when going extremely slow in the white oak. I went to rockler and picked up another 3/8 plug cutter. I could tell from design alone it was superior. For one it cuts a tapered plug. Here is a pic of the rockler in the press and the junk one laying on the table. Needless to say the harbor freigth plug cutters are going in the garbage. I’m so glad I finally...
I finished up working on the rockers and got them attached last night. The rockers and bottom are all finished in shellac so I don’t have to turn it over again (I hope). There is still quite a bit to do but at least it looks like a boat now. Here are some pics.
I haven’t posted on this in a while but I have pretty much finished the work. My son got it for his 1st birthday last weekend and his grandmother is making the bedding to go inside which will finish it up. Here are a few pics.