Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wednesday workday

Bungs made from oak for sneakbox scupper rails. Cockpit trimmed out and sanded, Centerboard case capped in oak.

Spyder planking proceeding. Butt riveted. Right above, new plank being spiled with compass. Each frame is marked and set measure marked on spiling board. Board is transferred to cedar plank and marks transferred to new board and faired with batten. Cedar plank sawed out on bandaw and faired with hand planes. Insides hollowed to match frames.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Caps, Rails & Butt

Spyder's planking: garboards in mahogany for stiffness and strength, sheer planking in fir for torsion control and cedar elsewhere for lightness. Frames steam-bent oak riveted with copper nails & washers. Planks are butt joined, riveted to oak butt plates between frames.

Sneakbox getting rubrails. Glued up centerboard cap in oak.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Moving Along Snow or No

Sneakbox- removed skeg, made mahogany dowels to fill holes in keel, set up to vacuum bag rudder & centerboard.

Spyder- spiling for garboard planks, sheer plank scarf glued up and sanded. Silent Maid - Starboard floor planks fitted.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

sneakbox prequel

Here is my prior history with the sneakbox. It came out of storage and arrived at the shop in May 2006. Skeg & keel removed, replaced. New frames laminated and replaced. Students worked with John on a Gardner Grant from TSCA. Retired to storage for winter, rescued again May 2007. New Keel & Planking. New maststep. Returned to staorage, out again for CHAD project.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wednesday, busy day

Sneakbox news; planed the deck to the shear, painted floorboards, helped CHAD kids fill bungs, turned the boat over, they bunged the through bolts to the centerboard case.

Silent Maid; spent the afternoon fitting the cedar floorboards, We made a lot of curls since these required planing the angles of the floors and frames and scribing & planing the joints. Maid seems much larger right side up.

A-cat; strapping attached to keel, sheer strake measured and planned using batten.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Green Boats begun and continued

Today I worked on the sneakbox, using a marking gauge to trim the splined cedar deck and then handplaning to the marks. To complete the curves in the cockpit, I used a batten held in place with awls. The deck is almost complete with one more plank to go. It was fitted and primed today, paint tomorrow. Last, I drilled holes for attaching the deck boards to the hull while Doc screwed it down with #10 bronze screws. Another crew was setting the bronze strapping for torsion control in the frames of the new A-cat, Spyder.