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This site was last updated on February 15, 2008.
I've allowed myself to get distracted by another project. This time, a Haven 12 1/2, a small sailboat.
Boat grows here. A new workbench, for planing long planks, and a platform to be mounted on casters. Molds are in the background.
The first few molds up. The hull gets built around the molds, then lifted off. The slot in the middle is for the centerboard case.
Here're all the molds in place. I'll need to bevel them all.
An old Record compass plane, for smoothing curves cut on the bandsaw.
My Aunt won't let my Uncle work on the boat, so he built a steam generator for me. The entire steel box is heated and water is added from a hose. It's a flash boiler; there's no reservoir to fill or empty. Water drips onto the bottom (a thick steel plate) from holes drilled in the two water pipes and flashes immediately to steam.
I built the steam box. This is from a trial fit; there's another diagonal brace to keep it stable.
Here's the rib stock, white oak, a little dry, but we've got a lot of spares.
It gets hot.
It works! We clamped the rib to the mold while it cools, then used the cable ties (aka flexi-cuffs) to hold it in place for the future.
We went out to McClanahan Lumber, a small sawmill in Forks, way out in the northwest corner of the Olympic Penninsula, to buy cedar for planking. Here's some of their stock: in this case, a big spruce.
Here's what they use to move such things around.
And here's the little bit of wood I bought, stacked up to dry until it's needed.
The floors are riveted to the ribs and will hold the keel in place (someday).
Here are the center molds set up again, for the last time, and ready for the centerboard case.
Here's the centerboard case.
Set in place for final fitting.