|Project by Roz||posted 12-16-2013 03:41 PM||1132 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
Each year I find my imagination and talents taxed to come up with new Christmas toy ideas for our nephews living nearby. This year decided to attempt to make some wooden sail boat toys. These guys have a pond in their back yard and a pool as well, both of which prove an irresistible temptation that often leads to a paddling. So, I thought if I can help to encourage bad behavior, then why not. Knowing nothing about this I called on you lunberjocks for advice and a few of you had guidance that helped me get started. The pink one is going to a niece in Nevada. I discovered quickly that they are called pond yachts and it is a big hobby all around the world.
There was a big learning curve on this largely trial and error project. For the hull and keel I eventually landed on a process that started with a section of Fir 2X4 about 13 inches long. I then traced the rough shape of the boat and keel location on the Fir block. I took the block to the drill press and hollowed it out. On the table saw I cut a 1/8th inch wide and deep channel in the bottom which would receive a 1/8th inch slice of pressure treated pine pulled from the scrap bin and use as keel boards.
At the band saw I removed wood to create the rough shape of the hull, finishing the shaping by sanding. I added a lead fishing weight to the keel to keep the boat upright and attached it to the hull in the dado cut earlier.
The top was sealed with a 1/8th pine plate cut from scrap. Blocks were added to the top for a cabin and back to the press for the insertion of the mast.
I sowed sails from Nylon material and attached them with 40 lb. test braided line to the rigging made of White Oak dowel and brass cup hooks. Paint and sanding finished the job.
The stands were made from scrap bin lumber. Small pieces of Walnut, oak and other wood toy parts left from previous Christmas projects. It was a fun project and produced a rugged toy that should last several seasons. Thanks for looking and have a Very Merry Christmas!
-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."