|Project by FrankThomas||posted 12-30-2009 05:04 AM||3603 views||5 times favorited||16 comments|
My most rewarding project to date. Living in Michigan, if you don’t have a boat, you’ve probably wanted a boat at one time in your life. I love wooden boats and think they are the ultimate in form meeting function, beauty meeting purpose.
I plan to build the full size version, 15 foot sailing/rowing boat in the next year or two. Having experience only in building non-sea worthy rectilinear objects, I thought it’d be a good idea to build a scale model to learn the curvilinear techniques required in boat building. And the lapstrake style of building a boat where precisely laid out planks (strakes) are cut and fitted into each place to form a rigid shell of the boat. Internal ribbing is the added, seats and other inboard fittings are fabricated and installed and viola’.... a boat!
I enjoyed this project immensely and the learning experience was fantastic. This 5 foot model now hangs from the ceiling of my sister-in-laws log home. It is constructed of 1/8” luann and pine. Each plank or strake is held in place with nothing but good ol’ Titebond II. Painted surfaces are Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch. So this boat would not last long in the water.
I am planning to build another 5 foot model to improve my skills. When completed, I plan to make it the centerpiece of a coffee table by fabricating a wooden cradle that will hold the boat and support a glass table top directly above it. Should make for a unique and beautiful coffee table.
Then, the full size 15 footer and I will finally be a “boat owner”!
-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI