|Forum topic by AngieO||posted 145 days ago||813 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
145 days ago
So… After being sick most of last week and all four kids being on fall break this week… I haven’t had much time to get on LJ’s. And when I got up this morning I didn’t even know what I had planned for today either. But it was decided for me pretty quickly. There was a knock at the door literally within five minutes of me getting up. It was a friend from church. The leader if my sons AWANA class. He had a box of boards. About 30-35 1×3s cut into 7” lengths. They are planning on having a sailboat regatta for AWANA and he wanted to know if I had the tools to help him finish the sailboats. The kits were like $9 a piece. We figured we could do it ALOT cheaper.
Wish I would have got more pics of all of them when they were done. But we were too busy talking while we worked.
Here’s one from the leftover that I just made. Maybe once he gets the next phase done I can get a pic of it finished.
So… We started by tracing the sample he had on the blocks. Then we cut it out on the band saw and sanded it on my bench top sander to final shape. We still weren’t close to the shape of the sample. Tilted the table on my bandsaw to try and get the edge we wanted… That would have been easier but it just didn’t work.
Then we also needed a small groove cut in bottom for the weight and the rudder. The Kerf on my blade was kinda too thick
The angle of the bottom of the boat still needed to be handled as well. So… Off to Lowes he went. When he came back I had some new toys.
A new 180tooth blade for my table saw.
A new 45 degree chamfer bit
And a new handy little work light.
We took turns on the bandsaw and the sander. But he wasn’t really very interested in messing with the router. He said he’s a car guy. Not a wood guy. LOL
Here is a pic on the back. We actually ended up liking the chamfer on the bottom better than we liked the sample. Turned out not bad.
So… All I did was get to do something I love, helped a friend and got some new “stuff” too. Not a bad day. And both my younger boys will be participating in the regatta. James already got a sample boat and was testing to see if it would float. LOL.
I don’t know. You do the math… 1 saw blade – $13, 1 light (couple of buck), 1 chamfer bit – $30 and three boards $10. He spent maybe another $10 on some template material for the mast & rudder and some dowels for the mast. So we did it for under $75. OR….. we could have bought 35 kits for $315 plus tax….