Sunday, April 13, 2014

Busy Week

It has been a busy week. After finally getting into to barn, I've begun rearranging winter-stored stuff (saw horses, shop stands, tools, garden tools and supplies, etc.) to make room to work on Gardens.

I've been setting up my new workshop: cleaning the space (different part of the barn than where Gardens resides), adding a new 2HP 5-micron dust collector, arranging to purchase a new-to-me used General Industries 14" bandsaw and shopping for a new table saw (leaning toward a Grizzly).

The mizzen boom and boomkin have been completed (for now…): Fresh varnish, new paint and new hardware. One side of the rudder has been painted and the second side has been primed.

I've started down the path to learn woodturning (a small lathe was gifted to me last year) but the learning curve is a steep one for me. I've been pretty tentative with it so my practice work has not been very satisfying. And I'm annoyed with myself about not understanding new meanings to everyday words. What the heck are "quicker" and "slower" shapes? I understand every specialty has its own vocabulary and meanings for words… I'm still annoyed with myself for not "getting it" right away.

Finally this... a Craftsman style oak stand came out of the shop this week.

No, not my shop and, no, I didn't do this all by myself. It is part of my woodworking education. Projects like this are why I am setting up a new and improved workshop for myself.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring... Open the Barn Doors!

This week has been very spring-like! Warmish with sunshine during the daylight hours and mid-30s overnight. Enough of the snow has melted away from the barn doors that I can open the doors and get into the barn!

There is more housekeeping and rearranging to be done but I can access Gardens well enough to get back to work on her. A few degrees warmer will make epoxy work more successful but there is plenty to do while waiting: measure and laminate a blank for the keg; measure, set-up and laminate an exterior stem (the measuring done in the barn, the cutting done in the shop and the gluing/epoxy work done in the basement).

Saturday, April 5, 2014

She's Waiting...

Gloriously sunny day with temperatures in the low 40s (F) today... Enough to lift the spirits but not enough to clear a foot or so of ice and snow away from the barn door. It may not look like much, but those doors are not opening any time soon. Okay, maybe sometime soon - but not today.

And she's waiting (puts me in mind of an Eric Clapton song)... Yes, Gardens is waiting for me to get back to work on her. Meanwhile, down in the basement work continues on the boomkin, refitting the mizzen boom hardware and painting the rudder.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Disappearing Snow

Work continues on the spars: planing, ripping, and notching staves for the mizzen mast, main yard and boom; varnishing and painting the boomkin; and, installing new (more suitably sized) hardware on the mizzen boom. Gluing up the spars is next. The main mast will come later - hopefully after gaining some experience with these smaller spars.

We were out of town for five days. When we returned, most of the snow - but not all - had disappeared. The main barn doors are still snowed shut but I can get into the barn to begin setting up to resume work on Gardens' hull. Maybe, if we go away for another five days, the temperatures will warm a bit more... and work on the hull can continue.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wishful Thinking

Not much boat building activity to report as we are on the West Coast attending memorial services for my cousin. Before leaving town I applied the first three coats of varnish to the boomkin. Work on the boomkin will continue next week. The hardware for the mizzen boom and the boomkin should arrive mid-week so I can get that installed and be done with those two spars. I am hopeful that the predicted warmer temperatures will have done away with much of the snow this weekend... wishful thinking, I know.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mizzen Boom Revisited

Not quite done… The pad-eyes installed on the boom are too large and there aren't enough of them…

Using the Rigging page from Joel's Navigator Site, I've redone my hardware list and will be ordering new bits and pieces.

Since the correct pad-eyes are smaller, the fasteners will have to be redone. True, only one hole per each oversized pad-eye will have to be refilled. But new holes will need drilling/filling/redrilling - and then repainting…

I need to remember that nothing is ever really "done" on a wooden boat project.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mizzen Boom

The mizzen boom is (finally) done: varnished, painted and hardware installed.

Rustoleum products were used:
  • Spar Varnish
  • Marine Wood and Fiberglass Primer
  • Marine Topside Paint
All were applied using 1" foam brushes, bought in bulk for about 18¢ per brush.

I used yellow Frog Tape and was both surprised and pleased with the crisp edge of the white paint.