Submarine Display

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Project by DonB posted 01-03-2016 08:41 PM 989 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Submarine hull is made from a 1.25 in dowel. Rounded bow and tapered stern. Vertical and horizontal stabilizers (planes) were half lapped and inserted into the stern cut. The two extra stabilizers were placed in grooves for stability. Periscopes and other scope were made from tooth picks with detailed heads on the tooth picks. Fairwater planes fit through the sail which is also tapered and inserted into a groove. Screw (propeller) is mounted on a 3/16 dowel which is inserted into the hull. The cone is simply glued and pressed on the dowel. The stand is pine. The receptors in the stand are cut to one half of a 1.25 hole and holds the boat snugly. One coat of dewaxed shellac, Early American stain followed by 6 coats clear shellac cut 1:1 with denatured alcohol to avoid blushing since it was only 44 degrees outside. My great grandson thought having one of these would be cool. So I made one since, after all, I am cool.

-- DonB

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#1 posted 01-04-2016 12:14 AM

Very cool. The Beatles lived in a “yellow submarine”.. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 01-04-2016 11:41 AM

Roger: Yea, the Yellow Submarine was during my time. Spent many an hour quietly following the bad guys without their knowledge.

-- DonB

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#3 posted 01-05-2016 11:20 AM

I don’t think I saw submarine display here. You’ve done it very well. Looks authentic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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