Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bulkhead 1, mark II...

As I feared, with many long-term projects, mistakes will not be found until much later and hence no indication as to why or how the mistakes were made.  Applying some experience from a brief stint in shipping, the saying in our dept. went, "It's ok to make mistakes, as long as we catch it."

While laying out parts something didn't look right on bulkhead 1, bottom & side bevels were all backwards.
"Back to the old drawing board."  Bulkhead 1, again.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Successful Repair

Epoxy on bulkhead 4 repair dried, piece stayed in place and gaps were filled throughout.  Repair was a success.

Lines drawn to make the correct cut, you can make out just how far off the first cut was!

Perspective is a bit deceiving but the cuts and angles are perfect this time around.

New tool, cabinet scraper.  Never used one before this, it works great!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lesson Learned

I should have learned from the experience of others that once you say the word "3-D" out loud Murphy's Law goes into effect to slow down any meaningful forward progress, or so it seems.  Realized after attempting to match the bevel angle of the bulkhead sides with the jigsaw that the blade, just like humans, is prone to wander.  The resulting gap in bulkhead 4 was far too large for my woodworking ego to allow...

So, epoxied part back in place and will make the correct cut once dried.  As you can see from the picture, cut was not even close!

Plan B on bulkhead 1 went much better; cuts made with handsaw and final fit with chisel.  Yet another oops shows itself here, but angles are good and epoxy covers all. 

What's worse, these mistakes were made while 2 brains were present...My dad had the afternoon to assist and offer encouragement.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Small tasks, work continues

Working on some small tasks and moved some things around in the workshop to prepare for going "3D" in the coming weeks.

Sides have been hiding for quite a while, brought them out to get ready for 3D!

Stem complete, 36mm end & 22mm end.

After a wet spring in Kentucky, noticed one panel was not completely off the floor and got some water damage, unfortunately it was the seat top that I plan to leave bright, so sanded to try to repair.  Most of this will probably get cut off.

Monday, July 10, 2017

More bulkheads, new tiller...

Apologies, minimal work completed on the Goat Island Skiff for quite a while due to trips, projects and work.  Haven't forgotten or stopped dreaming about it, though!  Finally back to work, also this summer has had some milder days that make the workshop a bit more bearable.

Sadly, a new tiller had to be constructed due to misread measurements, now Doug Fir (pre-coated sides, sanded, masked and with chines in the background)

Bulkhead 3 and bulkhead 4, epoxy on 1 side

Stem, cut to size, WRC

Stem, plotted out.  Cut out angle from large end (36mm) on table saw.

Stem, planing to final size.

Sharp planes make beautiful shavings

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Bevels and planes!

Tonight a short time in the workshop yielded the final bevels on the transom.  As mentioned in previous posts I love bevels, which also means I love planes.  I have a large collection left to me by my grandfather, many are working antiques, some are new.

My favorite, a Millers Falls No.9, which was a direct competitor to Stanley, it equals a Stanley No. 4.  It was manufactured from 1929 to 1976.

As a close second, while brand new, is a Stanley "Bailey" 6 1/4" low angle plane

Transom bevels before, 7mm sides, 12mm bottom

Transom bevels after

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Small parts as cold evenings set in

Work is calming down, more weekends and evenings available, but now, cold weather...I have planned to work on small parts through the winter and have tried to save such tasks during the warm snap we have had this Sept-Nov.  That means winter will push some tasks out of the workshop in the garage and into a small, but warm, corner of the basement where epoxy can cure and I do not have to rely on space heaters and plastic sheeting.  Not much to report, finished framing the transom and started work on the tiller.

Transom framed, Doug Fir top and Redwood everywhere else, also reinforcement for the rudder hardware.  I try not to second guess professionals, mainly given the fact I am not a professional boat designer like Michael Storer but this seems to be a common addition.  As a backpacker "of yore" I know the saying can also apply to boatbuilding, "Grams add up to ounces, and ounces add up to pounds."  Students of the GIS can probably deduce my rudder hardware choice just by looking at the picture; completely to spec, simple and lightweight.  Ronstan rf254 & rf239 gudgeons and a 1/4" SS rod bent and drilled.

A part of the build I have very much been looking forward to, including some of my late Papaw's wood into the boat.  Cutting 4/4 cherry for the tiller.  Had to go through the joiner/ planer a few times.