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.