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Kaleb the Swede

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06-05-2013 03:19 AM

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Hello All!

I am a high school teacher for 180 days of the year. I teach music and I love doing so. In the summer however I venture out to sea with my family’s business commercial fishing to catch as much squid (Calamari) as possible. I usually spend about 6 days out at sea. When we come back in we turn around and unload as quick as possible and get back out to slam them again.

Being that I have now become completely and utterly addicted to woodworking, I would like to continue it, even in the middle of the Atlantic.

I plan on bringing a small toolbox full of tools. Mind you I can’t bring a table saw, jointer, shaper, panel saw, you know, I have to have everything fit in a smallish plastic tool box. I am going to bring two hand planes, a Japanese saw that can rip and crosscut, a back saw, a 1/4 sheet sander with sandpaper, chisels, a coping saw 4 or 5 clamps.

Whatever other tools you can help me think of would be great. Bear in mind it’s a real fishing vessel, not a luxury sport boat (think deadliest catch), so don’t recommend a beautiful Lie Nielson no 7 plane for 500 dollars (it ain’t gonna happen). I am taking out cheaper tools, pawn shop stuff, just to have fun and practice with.

I want to know what you guys think for smaller projects and tools? Think under 18 inches or so. I know boxes are great, which I will do. What else? I can only take so much wood as well. Just want to know what you guys wood do in a really, really, really, really bare bones situation such as this.

Thanks in advance

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 06-05-2013 03:23 AM

I’d focus on carving, not joinery and structural forms.

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Pete Pedisich

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#2 posted 06-05-2013 03:29 AM

Any kind of spokeshave work, as spokeshaves are cheap, plentiful, and relatively safe…
I would not want a chisel cut 100 miles out.
You can do lots of curved work, even spoons with a spoon knife like Peter Follansbee does.

You will become a spokeshave master by the end of August.

Good luck with the catch this summer!

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#3 posted 06-05-2013 03:31 AM

Don’t forget to bring some wood. Also I might suggest some glue or something to hold things together.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#4 posted 06-05-2013 06:43 AM

I agree with Loren. In case you end up here….................

-- mike...............

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Kaleb the Swede

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#5 posted 06-05-2013 09:28 AM

Thanks guys. I was thinking of carving as well. Spokeshave, now that’s something to think about. Thanks. Mike, thanks for the laugh

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 06-05-2013 12:49 PM

Jonas Jensen’s blog Mulesaw sometimes contains stories about his woodworking at sea. You might find some ideas there.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Shawn Masterson

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#7 posted 06-07-2013 03:00 AM

something about sharp tools and a rocking boat just hmmmm.

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#8 posted 06-14-2013 01:51 AM

kaleb I saw this bench in PWW today and thought immediately of you. I think the issue is still on newsstands so it shouldn’t be that difficult to get the full article if you wanted to.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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Kaleb the Swede

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#9 posted 06-14-2013 02:01 AM

Thanks Ben, if I’d only seen this sooner. Don’t have the time to build one now

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#10 posted 06-14-2013 02:08 AM

I wish the magazine hadn’t been buried under a bunch of my wifes stuff for a few weeks. Well it will give you something to make next winter so your ready for next summer.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#11 posted 06-15-2013 02:22 AM

Take up Intarsia,I would imagine you initially need a bunch of wood in small pieces with different colors,a few cutting tools,files,a rasp.?

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#12 posted 06-15-2013 05:07 AM

Don’t forget to take oil to protect your tools. Salt water will pit the steel.

Also, you might consider carving utensils. I recently made my best friend a spoon and spatula set with a hook knife, pocket knife, cabinet scraper, and sand paper and she loves them. Everything you need to make them fits in your back pocket.

-- I make awesome saw dust.

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#13 posted 06-15-2013 06:47 AM

measuring & marking tools, I couldn’t do anything without them; if possible cut and dimension the wood for your projects before getting to sea.

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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#14 posted 06-15-2013 04:05 PM

You could also take up whittleing, and chip carving in addition to whatever else you want to do. It only takes two or three knives, a fine sharpening stone, and a leather strop. You can do this anywhere any time and it all fits in a small box or pouch.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 06-15-2013 06:46 PM

It would depend but I would consider also including with what your going to bring over time…

A fairly decent miter box,
Two back saws—-dovetail and a 12” crosscut,
Side rabbet plane and for sure a block plane,
Bit brace and augers,
Hand drill and bits.
Router plane (who knows, but why not)

Paste wax, sharping stones
Mountain of different types wood
Finishes of your choice (I’ve only used BLO and Tung based wiping varnish but like them)

Private supply of beer
And a hickory bat to keep people away from your beer and tools…lol

I’m not sure but I think these would be all (for the most part) you need for a lot of different projects.
In the middle of the ocean they will be hard to get.

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