Mahuna

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  1. Thanks Ron. Delicate is the key word - Kathryn is pretty fragile at this point, and will be until I can get some planking on.
  2. Thanks Patrick. Yes, Kathryn is starting to shape up and pretty soon I'll need to deal with the bow and stern timbers - these have me a little confused and I'll need to study it some more. Great fun!
  3. Part 9 – Frames, cont’d There is no mention of cant frames in the HAER documentation, but in the drawings the forward most 11 frames on Kathryn appear to be canted. I’ve decided to construct those 11 frames as cant frames. The framing jig for the cant frames is essentially the same as for square frames, except that only one side of the drawing is used at a time, due to the angle the jig must be held at, as in the following photos. It is also necessary to angle the base of the frame floor timber so that it sits flush against the keelson. Each of the eleven frames will sit against the keelson at a different angle, so these angles were measured from the half-breadth plan and recorded. Templates were created so these angles could be accurately created on the frames, as shown in the following photo. The following photo shows a template being checked against the drawing on the shipway. The templates were printed on card stock and are used to adjust the miter gauge on the disk sander to the appropriate angle. A temporary batten – held by clamps – is used to double-check the fairness of the frames. The cant frames were installed in the same way as the square half-frames. A stiffening brace was added between frames while the new cant frame was still in the installation jig. The aftmost square frames – 22 through 26 – need to be faired to conform to the rising shape of the keelson in that area. The drawings for these frames indicate the fairing needed. In this drawing the color and configuration of the lines indicates the shaping required: · The red lines indicate the aftmost face of the frame, while the green lines indicate the forward face. · The frame is cut out along the solid lines, whether red or green, and then the dashed lines indicate the edge of the frame that that needs to be reduced (the cutting line). Since the drawing is pasted to the front face of the frame, the first task is to draw a line corresponding to the red dashed line on the aft face of the frame. A compass is used to measure the distance of the dashed line from the edge of the frame, and this compass setting is used to draw a corresponding line on the aft edge of the frame. The frame is then shaped using a stump cutter in a rotary tool. First, the cutter is used to cut the aft edge of the frame down to the drawn line. It is then used to flatten the entire outer edge of the frame at the appropriate angle. The forward face of the frame is shaped by cutting to the green dashed line. The braces used for the cant frames and for the aftmost square frames need to be angled to fit securely against the frames they support, as shown in the following photo. Cant frames 7 through 11 have been installed at this point. The square frames have been installed to frame 23. So this leaves 6 cant frames and the aftmost 3 square frames to be installed. I hope to have these frames completed sometime next week. There are a couple of frames in the midship area that concern me, and I may need to remove and re-install them. But I won’t think about that until all of the frames have been installed. Thanks everyone for following, for the ‘LIKES’, and for the encouraging comments.
  4. Thanks, Bob. That makes sense. Given her size I don't think Kathryn would have been built upside down as in other skipjacks - that, and the herringbone bottom planks of the typical skipjack provide some structure to the boat. Since Kathryn's longitudinal bottom planks would probably require that the framing is completed prior to the planking, I think your second alternative is probably the way she was built.
  5. Hi Rich: Good work on the A/C! I'm looking forward to seeing your shop this weekend.
  6. That's a lot of rooms, Patrick. You'll have fun with the furnishings!
  7. I thought I'd share a couple of photos of the framing in the actual Kathryn. The first is from the HAER drawings. The frame pointed to by the number 15 is one of the original frames. They don't look like the joint was held together by much more than a few bolts, and I would love to know how they built Kathryn. They must have used a lot of temporary ribbands to hold her together before she was planked. The mortising of the frames into the keelson also looks very flimsy. The following photo is from the recent rebuild that was completed in early fall 2015. As can be seen in the photo there is a fairly complex (and strong) knee arrangement holding the frames to the keelson, and there are knees installed in the joints of the frames. I don't think ceiling planking was installed during this rebuild, so these knees didn't interfere with anything. Since I'm building Kathryn as she was originally built, I can't use any similar structures that might interfere with the internal planking.
  8. Thank you, Albert Thanks Patrick - little by little, Kathryn is starting to shape up. I'll keep plugging away. Thanks, Ed. I've needed to re-do a couple of frames, and removing them was quite easy - shows how little strength there really is right now. I'm hoping that once they're sandwiched by internal and external planking the model will be as strong as it needs to be. It's a far cry from Dunbrody. Druxey - you're absolutely right about being nervous. Whenever I reach across the model I need to remind myself to keep my arms up! Hi Brian - thanks for the compliments. The small dowels are really not too strong - I've already disturbed a joint that had one in it. I don't think I'll be bringing Kathryn to our meeting on Saturday - she's not strong enough to travel!
  9. Part 8 – Frames, cont’d Framing Kathryn has been continuing – albeit slowly. There have been a lot of other activities interfering with the modeling work, so there hasn’t been as much progress as I would have liked. It quickly became apparent that the model’s frames are very delicate, and some additional steps were needed to strengthen them. This resulted in some additional structures that are not in the actual boat, but these structures will be hidden by planking and shouldn’t cause any issues. The first such structure was the addition of a reinforcing plate at the joint between the frame floor and the frame side. This plate was added after the chine had been shaped and the glued-on drawing removed. After the glue attaching the plate to the frame had dried, the plate was then sanded to match the curve of the chine. The following photo shows one of these plates in place. The individual frames are only attached to the keelson with a minimal glue joint, so individually these frames are very easy to disturb. By tying the frames together the frame assembly would be much stronger. I decided to tie them together by using 1/8 x 1/8 stock, cut to match the distance between frames at the keelson. Since this distance varies from frame to frame, the braces needed to be measure individually. They are then installed at approximately the midpoint of the frame floor to join the frames together. The first frame installed – frame 12 – was held perpendicular to the keelson by the c-clamps shown in the following photo, and then the subsequent frames were joined to that frame via the braces. The c-clamps were left in place until the first 4 frames were joined and the glue set. The first 4 frames were very stable after the glue had cured, and didn’t need to be held in place for installation of bracing for subsequent frames. It was easier to use the long-nosed spring clamps for this work, rather than the miniature machinist clamps used in the prior photo. As described in the prior post, structural bolts would be used to fully secure the frames to the keelson, and pilot holes for these bolts were drilled as part of the construction of the frames. After the installation of the first six square frames (12 through 17) was completed, it was time to insert the first set of structural bolts. The model was removed from the shipway and placed in an adjustable keel clamp. This clamp was positioned so that the pilot holes were visible. This allowed drilling through the pilot holes and into the keelson, as in the following photo. Pieces of 3/64 brass rod were then epoxied into these holes to serve as structural bolts. While the model was in the clamp, the forward edges of the mortises for the cant frames were angled to allow the cant frames to be properly positioned. This work was performed with a diamond bit in a rotary tool. The middle 8 square frames are now in place. Since each half of a frame is a separate installation, this is the equivalent of 16 frames having been installed. The frames installed so far have not needed any dubbing (shaping) to allow the planks to lay flat against them. The remaining seven square frames in the rear of the model will need shaping. In addition, the forward eleven frames are cant frames, which will require a modified installation procedure. These topics will be covered in the next post. Thanks everyone!
  10. Thanks Tom and Patrick for the birthday greetings. Had a great day. Thanks Ed. The combination makes the drilling much easier.
  11. Happy Birthday!!!

    1. Mahuna

      Mahuna

      Thanks Mark!

  12. Thanks Russ, Albert, Druxey, Mark, and Ken for the encouragement.