Nice score today! And about 30+ sailboats cut for kids mini regatta!

  • Advertise with us

« back to Coffee Lounge forum

Forum topic by AngieO posted 10-18-2013 09:49 PM 1556 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View AngieO's profile


1267 posts in 2111 days

10-18-2013 09:49 PM

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….
Do you think it was worth it? LOL

28 replies so far

View Handtooler's profile


1541 posts in 2096 days

#1 posted 10-18-2013 10:09 PM

Super effort on both your parts, and so glad you got to kabitz with a friend, save money and increase your tool hoard. Great day, huh?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

View BENTWOOD's profile


373 posts in 1746 days

#2 posted 10-18-2013 10:10 PM

Nice worthwhile project and definitely worth it as the memories are priceless!


View JoeinGa's profile


7735 posts in 1971 days

#3 posted 10-18-2013 10:42 PM

A Good day in the shop indeed! And doing good deeds while you’re at it. This is what “Paying It Forward” is all about.

Suggestion, put one of those “pig tail” lightbulbs in that clamp-on light and you wont feel the heat on your hands when doing close work.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View crank49's profile


4030 posts in 2935 days

#4 posted 10-18-2013 11:17 PM

Just living the dream aren’t you.
I’m real happy you are getting to do what you love to do.

View doubleDD's profile


7317 posts in 2007 days

#5 posted 10-18-2013 11:54 PM

Being positive for doing such a great deed to help others is a special feeling that’s hard to describe. Looks like things turned out just fine with all parties. Your a good deed doer.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

View hoss12992's profile


4024 posts in 1857 days

#6 posted 10-18-2013 11:56 PM

That is really cool. Great job and priceless doing something for the kids. Im sure you are making ALOT of kids very happy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

View Cliff 's profile


1201 posts in 1688 days

#7 posted 10-19-2013 12:17 AM

Well done Angie. You have a great work ethic and this is a really worthwhile family and community project.
Also hope you are feeling well again.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

View gwolfe1977's profile


228 posts in 1775 days

#8 posted 10-19-2013 12:34 AM

Looks like a whole lot of fun. Hope you are feeling better!

-- Gary,Nebraska

View gfadvm's profile


14940 posts in 2654 days

#9 posted 10-19-2013 12:59 AM

Of course it was worth it: You got the boats for a fraction of their retail price, you got to play in the shop with a friend all day, and you got some new toys for the shop!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View Hinge's profile


79 posts in 1652 days

#10 posted 10-19-2013 01:02 AM

Looks like fun. Did your kids help?

-- The Jesus is my Savior

View AngieO's profile


1267 posts in 2111 days

#11 posted 10-19-2013 01:12 AM

It was a lot of fun. Can’t wait till Sunday when they get their boats. Then in a week or so we will have the regatta. They will take them home and decorate them. It’s gonna be awesome!!!

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

28919 posts in 2302 days

#12 posted 10-19-2013 01:46 AM

You came out good and it was for a good cause. Not sure where you found a table saw blade for $13.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

20283 posts in 3070 days

#13 posted 10-19-2013 02:43 AM

Great project, Angie. You’ll feel so good seeing all these boats sail on Sunday!!
It is great that they have you to do that for them!!....................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View CFrye's profile (online now)


10124 posts in 1804 days

#14 posted 10-19-2013 11:01 AM

Absolutely great score Angie! Sweet little sailing ships! Looking forward to the regatta pics. Well done and thanks for sharing. Glad you are feeling better.

-- God bless, Candy

View AngieO's profile


1267 posts in 2111 days

#15 posted 10-19-2013 02:11 PM

Monte…. All I did was get on Lowes to see. That was the only thing he didn’t tell me the price on. But that’s where he got it all.

showing 1 through 15 of 28 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics