A bit of this and that

So, a lot go done last night – and a few new machines were spotted in the shop.

First the list of things, that got off the wife to-do list:

  • plastered the new construction plate
  • Found the old birch table for the kitchen
  • Painted the window framing
  • Painted the spot under the kitchen table she for some reason didn’t put wall paper on
  • Wired up the second row of lamps in the workshop
  • Hooked up the plumbing for the faucet in the kitchen

And now for the boat.

Cut out and fitted the rear seating for the bench. This will be glued permanently in place and the bench filled with floatation. I have decided to go for a petrol engine with built in gaz tank.

Backseat installed

Finally some new machines entered the shop!

Bench Drill Press

Mr. Bandsaw.

It is actually starting to look like a workshop :)

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Getting into shape

Some pictures of the boat being bent into shape and glued and fastened.


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#6 Starting the glue process

So over the holidays I had to fix a few tasks on my wifes todo list. I however after the the vacation I have had a bit of spare time to progress on the build.

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#3 boat building post

So I spent another couple of hours in the workshop on my boat.

Things that got done were

  • Cut the battens for mounting bulwarks and seats on
  • Drilled holes for zip-ties for stitching
  • Dry fitted a panel to get a glimpse of the curves
The next few things to do
  • Cut the knees for the transom
  • Coat the plywood in epoxy
  • Glue the bulwarks and seats in place
  • Attach the first panels with the stitch and glue techique

Total hours spent 10


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CNC Machine the first steps

A while back I bought a book on CNC machines. I always wanted to combine my

professional trade with innovation, so this is for me a perfect introduction into building machines from a simple material like MDF. The book is simple yet accurate, however some of the pictures are hard to see the measurements on.

In the book the first chapters are about creating the table for the CNC machine. The gallery below shows how I did this, although it’s different from how the book did it.

The actual difference is that I decided to use bolts and nuts, which are equally counter sunk at each side. This leaves a bit less material for strength. Seeing the end result I would be very surprised if this will have any structural consequences…

The next step add legs to rise the table off the ground. After that the task is to chamfer the edges to prepare them for the guide rails for the x-axis movement. Once this is done I will head on to cutting MDF for the Y and Z Axis.

nb. this build is so small I can do it in our shed (The workshop is 10km away), but in time the machine will have it’s own spot in my new workshop.


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Getting into boat building

So i’ve been studying boat building for a while, and I for one scour all possible sources for information before taking action (slow mover?).

In this post I would like to share some of my insights, which might help you along the road of building boats.

There are a few different approaches to the general structure of a boat. For instance the materials can be

  • Wood (skeleton with planking)
  • Instant boats (Plywood with epoxy)
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Glass fiber
As far as I am aware the normal boat, for leisure cruising today is made of glass fiber. Most commonly they are white with some kind of contrast bands.
A few examples
Although you can get a really nice boat and they often have high grade interior in wood my personal preference are the wooden and instant boats. The glass fiber boats are easy to maintain, have a good finish and overall good quality they lack one major thing – Soul.
Almost no matter how expensive boat you buy of the production line anyone can buy one just like that – There is nothing personal about your boat.
In the business of steel boats I don’t have a whole lot of experience, so I won’t go into this subject. However there are some books on the matter out there: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=steel+boat+building&x=0&y=0
As one of the remaining options the wooden boats come into play.They have been around forever and used to be the life nerve of trading back in the days of Columbus.
One of the primary sources of wooden boat building is www.glen-l.com – This site sports a lot of plans collected over a long time and a good support community with load of customer records from building their boats. Their program of boat span from single person canooes, dinghies and other small crafts up until large scale vessels. They provide plans for both steel, wood and glasfiber boats – But mostly the pictorials have wooden boats in them. This seems to be the place to go for an easy entry into boat building.
Another great sources is Sam Devlins instant boat building. They are located at www.devlinboats.com and is a good source of instant boats – if not the original source in fact. the boats span from small boats to large cruisers.
More to come in later posts.

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