Making a Sailboat Mast

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Project by dan mosheim posted 05-12-2009 02:08 AM 5785 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the last two weekends, I helped my brother in law make a mast for his Barnegat Bay Sneakbox, a beautiful little wooden boat, built in 1922, in Barnegat, NJ. The original mast is in fine shape as is the rigging, but it has to be taken out of the hole to move the boat on a trailer, a tough job for a couple of people. He designed a steel tabernacle that my son Sam is building from 1/4 steel that will allow the new mast, which is shorter by the distance from the deck to the bottom of the step hole ( about 16” ) ... but it’s still a long thing, about 15’ by 3.5” square at the base. We had a book we referenced for the steps and when i was done, I realized I’d made a 15’ Windsor chair spindle, or a 15’ bed post. Same process, same order of operations, fun thing to do. I enjoyed a break from my precision furniture building and just enjoyed the process of hand planing, carving and spokeshaving a long piece of spruce by eye and hand … More pictures and references on my blog at scroll down on the blog for the original post …. click the photos to enlarge them

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 05-12-2009 02:19 AM

Ahoy ya mast builders you sure did shaver your timbers. I know it’s a stretch. Looks good and fun

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#2 posted 05-12-2009 02:24 AM

this is great…one day i will make a boat…one day…love it!!!

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#3 posted 05-12-2009 02:43 AM

Beautiful shanfer!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#4 posted 05-12-2009 02:47 AM

My wife is from MN and she said it looks like Paul Bunyun’s toothpick! Great job and lots of fun I’m sure.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 05-12-2009 04:39 AM

Nice looking mast. Very clean job. Could you possibly post some more photos of the boat? It is an interesting one. I have never seen one of these. I sailed for quite a few years in my 20’s. Thanks for sharing.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#6 posted 05-12-2009 05:28 AM

Lamb’s Tongue. Absolutely Classic. Well Done!

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