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Project by Woodbutchery posted 06-23-2018 05:06 PM 533 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

2 months ago, almost to the day, I finished work on a project that took me three years and 10 months to complete.

To say I’m proud of the work put into the model (it’s plastic, though I did everything I could to give the pieces that were supposed to the proper wood texture/color) would be an understatement. I posted a few pictures a while back of the cradle I had knocked together for assembly and rigging, but it hid the hull of the ship and really wasn’t designed for display so much, so after finishing the model I had on my list a project to put together a nice stand that would give it the appropriate room it needed, and support for the keel and hull.

The base is a slab of cedar I’ve had in my garage for a good 10 years or so, and the support strip is yellow pine. I may choose a hardwood somewhere down the road, but for now I’m happy with the look of it. Two miller dowels placed at each end help to support the hull and provide stops for the bow and stern.

I have two more projects to complete from the completion of the model; a book case wide enough to handle the model from front to back (the model length from the tip of the bowsprit to the tip of the spanker boom (yup, read it out loud and watch everyone look in your direction! ) is just over 37”, so we’re talking about a 40” cabinet and about 14 inches deep.

The second project has to do with a planned move to Georgia in a couple of years. I will be putting together a moving case to hold the ship in transit from Texas to Georgia. The case has to include a cradle that will hold the ship stationary during transit (no swaying from side to side – the think plastic yards break pretty easily) as well as keep things from bumping up against the sides and top.

Comments are always welcome. New ideas or intersting stand interpretations are good too (I plan on building more ships like this after our move…. Thanks for looking.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery





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#1 posted 06-23-2018 06:01 PM

A beautiful model…excellent job

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#2 posted 06-23-2018 06:12 PM

That is a beautiful model and it shows a lot of nice workmanship. Congratulations.

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#3 posted 06-23-2018 07:13 PM

That’s a great model ship, you should be very proud. Thanks for inspiring

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#4 posted 06-24-2018 05:17 AM

Nice job W’chery, I really appreciate the effort as I built one of these back in 1973 and still remember the frustration of the build and elation once I finished it,

talk about agony and extassy…

Unfortunately your woes are just about to begin unless you turn it into a ”pheasnt”... under glass. From the last stroke of the brush and application of glue, dust has already started accumulating on it (speaking from experience)... #1 priority is to build a display cabinet for it unless you are good at sweeping dust with a small brush and ready to re-glue the little bits that WILL eventually break off.

I worked on a wooden model (the Bounty) for a tad over 17 years (recently completed) and once finished I immediately built a cabinet. The extra benefit of the cabinet is the “glare” off it tends to disguise the dust and prevents admirers from getting their head close enough to detect it.

When it comes to moving it (I moved my Bounty about 160K while working on the sails and running rigging, so it was already unstable), ensure you secure it to that solid base… shop-made hooks and rubber bands make great anchors. Then secure the solid base to something heavy and pray the movers do not do a “Dukes of Hazzard” car jump…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 06-24-2018 01:43 PM

‘Duck, I am in the design phase of building a display case for the model.

Dusting – canned air works well and doesn’t knock too much about as long as short bursts are used.

Moving – plan is to use rubber bands, hooks to strap it to the original build cradle (modified to accomodate the strapping) after attaching the cradle to the bottom plate of the carrying case I’m building AFTER the display case. That will be put in the back seat of our car and seat-belted in.

Thanks for the advice and the comments.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#6 posted 06-24-2018 02:31 PM



Dusting – canned air works well and doesn t knock too much about as long as short bursts are used.
- Woodbutchery

Unfortunately the only ”canned air” available back in 1973 and a few following years was what my missus called my obnoxious gas

As long as you have started early before it starts to build up and solidify with condensation you should be OK… also not having sails is a bonus in keeping the dust off the rigging.

On the Bounty I tried low pressure compressed air (guessing similar to canned) and I had a choice of directional nozzles, but that still didn’t do much good, but those problems started after a few years into the build… after mine started to get too big for sit down construction, I transferred the build from the spare bedroom to the kitchen table (on a lazy-susan)... the kitchen’s airborne greases didn’t help and this duck had to eat.

Looks like you have it under control.

Is the case a “front display” only? Must admit I did a 360° view display cabinet as the two sides were quite different… I re-cycled the above mentioned lazy-susan.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 06-24-2018 03:38 PM


Is the case a “front display” only? Must admit I did a 360° view display cabinet as the two sides were quite different… I re-cycled the above mentioned lazy-susan.

- LittleBlackDuck

I’ve been looking at case designs and found a picture of a case with a nice bevelled frame with the door on one of the “end” pieces. I had originally thought to put doors in the back that would allow the placement of the model in the case, but the more I look at this design (glass on 4 sides and top, door at one end (w/ glass panel)), the more I like it.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#8 posted 06-24-2018 06:50 PM

A number of years ago I was asked by my company to build a model sailboat for a technology exhibit.
When i finished it instrumentation was added to show off the products in a virtual ship.

I remember adding the rigging to this ship but it was nothing compared to the rigging on your model!
It’s almost like a spider web.
Nice work and beautiful results!

I took a tour of Old Ironsides a number of years ago.
At that time one of the masts had been removed for restoration.
Quite a vessel indeed!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 06-25-2018 12:30 AM



I ve been looking at case designs and found a picture of a case…

- Woodbutchery

W’chery, FAIW I recently finished this cabinet for the Bounty…

Main issue was, the erection with the glass was at least a 2 man job. If you know a good glazier, the glass could be held together with silicon alone (without the frame).

I did consider profiling the frame, however, chose to go with square timber to keep attention on the boat, which was the focus of the attraction.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 06-25-2018 01:14 AM

Very Nice & Well Done!

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#11 posted 06-25-2018 03:52 AM


I ve been looking at case designs and found a picture of a case…

- Woodbutchery

W chery, FAIW I recently finished this cabinet for the Bounty…

Main issue was, the erection with the glass was at least a 2 man job. If you know a good glazier, the glass could be held together with silicon alone (without the frame).

I did consider profiling the frame, however, chose to go with square timber to keep attention on the boat, which was the focus of the attraction.

- LittleBlackDuck

LBD, great write-up of your case and a wonderful looking ship and display.

Turns out the case I had my eye on is from an article in Wood Magazine.

Here’s a picture of their case.

I’m working on changing the dimensions to scale up to the model. Since I expect to have other models in the future, I’m working on a spreadsheet that will more easily give me the cut dimensions I need. I’m in the last stages of getting the frame of my desk built. I plan on starting to work on a prototype of the stand using yellow pine as a starter. The final will probably be out of oak or maple, depending on the prices at my hardwood lumber store.

Thanks for sharing your story and the encouraging words.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#12 posted 06-25-2018 09:50 AM

Cool… looks like you have it all under control…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 06-25-2018 02:33 PM

After building 3 of these and being stupid enough not to make display cases, I can only reinforce the comments on the need to preserve your work.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 06-25-2018 10:50 PM

Thanks, Lew, and everyone else.

Appreciate all the comments and suggestions.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#15 posted 06-28-2018 12:39 AM

That’s really sweet, but too intricate for me and my bumbling hands!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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