Monday, April 9, 2012

There will be a long pause in work on the boat while I work with cabinet making in Sweden for two years. Will then return and finish off the last stages of the boat and finally see her afloat. It has have come a long way and yet there is still quite a list of things to do. Rudder, spars and rig, painting, motor installation, tankage, and plumbing, last parts of the interior, sewing cushions , sails etc. By now I have spent about 6500 hours working on on her. I anticipate another 1500 or so. So by the time she is done it will have been four years of work spread out part time over ten years. It's a big project and working by myself and part-time it will take time.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A few pictures of the Kingston Grey used to paint the Bulwark and rubrail. When the hull gets painted the boot stripe will also be the same grey and it will follow the sheer.




The Boomkin and Boom Gallows painted



Various pictures



In the last week I got going on the long neglected forward cabin. The sitz tub is installed, cleated in and resting on some sturdy black walnut slats. The mahogany framed opening below the sitz tub allows for ventilation and access to the drain hose and it's inline valve for draining. Room for some light storage as well. The tub will be drained into a bucket and the grey water can be thrown overboard or down the sink. The cedar tub will be trimmed with bare teak and the lids for the storage bin ahead of the tub and the access to the anchor chain bins are also bare teak for simplicity.


Looking into the storage bin ahead of the sitz tub. Fiddles etc for retaining the tool boxes are yet to come. Yellow cedar hull ceiling and red cedar shelves. The shelves will hold the three plastic tool boxes and a canvas rigging bag. The 3 gallon fertiliser sprayer will provide the pressurised water for "showering" in the sitz tub. More room in the bottom of the bin for storage. I'll sew up some curtains for around the tub to help contain water when "showering". A bare teak hinged lid will cover this bin.


I won't be getting anymore work done on the boat for the fall and winter.   

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cabin molding

This job kind of deserves it's own post since the cabin molding or eyebrow is rather time consuming and is the last woodworking job on the exterior other than the rudder and tiller. I'll add more pictures as the molding gets finished in the coming days...

Here is fitting the corner pieces. They are the first step and rather fussy as the cabin ends curve around the corner to the sides but not on a vertical plane as the cabin sides have 3 degrees ( I think)  of tumble home. The fit was further complicated by the fact that my glassing job left the corners ever so slightly rounded...that is not perfectly flat...sigh...I'm not much for glass work 


Once the fussy step of fitting to the corner is done then I can saw out the rest of the shape...


Then shape it to the pencil lines on the sander. (This simple sander was a college group project and has served me very well for years now)


Here the corner piece is finished except for final shaping. Three more to go...


Fitting the pieces in between the corners now. Once fit shaping can take place.


Fitting the cabin front molding.


Shaped and fit to the corners. Once all the sides are fit the corners will get shaped and blended it.


All the pieces are dry fit here and ready for final shaping and then gluing. The shaping is mainly done with round-over router bits but then the rest of the shaping has to be done with block planes and spokeshave and sandpaper to get a nice round shape. In order to avoid chip-out I start with a 3/8" round-over (r/o) and then 1/2" r/o and finally 3/4" r/o. That leaves a nice round radius and only a slight flat spot that gets sanded out. The corners are done entirely with rasp, file and sandpaper.


Yesterday I finally received the bronze carriage bolts that were caught up in the Canadian Postal Strike so I can install the boomkin and gallows permanently.



The cabin molding got glued on after masking it off and also with some plastic around the cabin to avoid 3M5200 from potentially getting on the teak cabin sides.. The joints at the corners are glued with epoxy: When I do this I drill some very shallow small holes with a tapered bit into the end grain of each joining piece. I figure the thickened epoxy can key into the mating holes that way. All in all I think it went well. The molding is waiting for an evening of sanding.

Another selection of pictures. Here the holes for the dinghy chocks are getting tapped into the epoxy plugs with a bottoming tap.  


The dinghy chock mounts installed


I thought I ought to include a picture of the finished drop boards. Finished thickness is 1 1/16".


The sliding hatch came out of the finishing room long enough for fitting the drop boards...


Here the samson post cap and brass corner rubbing strips are getting fitted


Ready for paint


The lazarette coaming and hatch finally had enough coats of paint on them to ínstall the hardware. The hinges had to be mounted on little shaped silver bali bases in order to fit the coved coaming. I will reluctantly admit that it was one of those quiet morning jobs that I thought I would start the day off with and needless to say it took longer than anticipated


As mentioned before the lazarette hatch was built so it opens in the centre. This way it is easier to access with the tiller in the way. I also used the Murray snap-apart hinges so is is easy to remove the hatch in order to get them out of the way. The gasket has a double hollow chamber and easily squishes under the hatches own weight for hopefully a good seal.








Monday, June 27, 2011

A few miscellaneous photos. During some of the painting last month I wanted to find a cream for the cabin roof. After trying two of the Interlux colours I went with the Epifanes Cream which had to be ordered from Toronto. I think it will do. Eventually the main cabin roof will be painted of course but should wait until everything is attached such as the stay'sl winches and fairleads. Grab rails and other structures are white.



Castings finished being ground and polished.

The 5 coats of varnish on the skylight coaming meant the light could get installed. Bulkhead hanging light from Davey.  You can see the bases for the dinghy chocks being worked on as well. 1/2" pads that have a epoxy fillet raise the chock off the roof. The chocks are attached with three 5/16" machine screws which are tapped into epoxy plugs in the roof. That was there is no way water can infiltrate a screw hole and get to the cedar.


Fitting the 3/8" laminated safety glass and trim rings to the skylight here. 7 coats of varnish and counting...


Drop boards are laminated of 3/16" teak both sides over a 18mm marine ply core. I did this for a few reasons. For one getting teak thick enough for the drop board´s was difficult and very expensive. Re-sawing some teak I had stretched out my supply. Two, I had seen this construction on a Walsted built boat and after 40 some years the drop boards were in perfect shape. Three, they will be stable and not swell and shrink. I laminated as usual with Prefer (Aerodux 500) resorcinol glue.


Boomkin and Boom gallows dry fitted here and ready for last disassemble before attaching permanently. Found some quarter sawn Douglas fir that had the grain at a 45 degree angle so it was edge grain all four sides. It was dense and heavy with no sap wood and extremely tight grain. It took a long time to find the perfect piece of wood for this job.


The boom gallows fittings are from Port Townsend Foundry and are very nice. I filed the holes for larger 3/8" carriage bolts as they are structural for the boomkin as well as acting as mooring line base. The boomkin is also attached through the deck and blocking with two 1/2" bronze carriage bolts at the aft end.

In order to fit the boomkin on a horizontal plane I had to glue two teak pads to the fir which were then shaped to fit the deck. The aft cut on the teak pads follow the rake of the transom. The teak pads also get the much less rot resistant fir off the deck. The boomkin will be paínted white. There are also two mushroom vents beside the lazarette hatch. I had wanted to have them tucked away a bit better but due to deck beams and blocking etc this was the only place they could go.