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About KeithAug

  • Birthday 05/27/1953

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    Sussex, England.
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    Sailing, Naval History, Model Ship Building, Model Steam Engine Building. Maisie walking - she is top left.

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  1. Mark - both look interesting and one is interesting and strange. I look forward to the decision.
  2. hello Vaddoc - I just came across you build - not sure why I took so long to find it. Very nice work. I have a question about your hoops if that is OK. What was the thickness of the walnut strip before bending into the hoop?
  3. Kortes Please tell me more about your sail cloth. Did you pull threads out of the material and then weave in thicker treads to create the impression of seams?
  4. Patrick I read OKTO and thought "oh no not another space cruiser". So I had to look it up. I was pleased to see it looked somewhat like a boat.
  5. Eberhard - yes I agree, when the planking gets too difficult i'll lop off the remaining un-planked area and revert to carving - I just like the challenge of seeing how far I can get with the planking. Thank you Phil.
  6. Bedford - That is how I did it last time so it is an option. It would just be sort of neat to be able to plank it. I may chicken out though.
  7. So its 14 days since I started. No dramas in the last couple of days but I didn't get a lot of time in the workshop. As I start to progress up the keel I need to sort out the cut away for the screw. In the corner it has a tight curve. I took a strip of mahogany .2" thick and used the side of a 5mm end mill to thin it down - thus creating the required corner radius - see next photo. I cut the thinned section off just behind the radius before gluing it on to the horizontal surface. A piece plank was then used to clad the vertical section before sanding back to match the keel profile. I will round off the sharp edges when I do the final hull sanding. I continued up the keel filling the back of the keel with stealers as I went. At the present time I have virtually filled the excess and the planks are now running true and virtually parallel with the deck. 116 planks have been laid. You can see the wedge planks in the next photo if you look hard. I took stock and measured the remaining area to be planked at the front and back of the keel. I will now complete the next section of planking using taper planks with a 2:1 taper. Fortunately the hull is now short enough to take single plank lengths. I also need to start thinking about how to plank the "bulb" of the keel where once again the changes in radius are pronounced. Bedford - thanks for the vote of confidence - I ,may need to draw on it when I get to planking the bulb. Vossie / Druxey - I would actually call it a Mole "WRENCH" but what's in a name.
  8. Jan - see earlier discussion - I think it is another walkway for mutineers.
  9. Paul Actually the clothes peg (which has rubber pads) was the first clamp. Unfortunately the spring was weak and the mole grips just happened to be handy. They are the middle size of a set of 3.
  10. Further to the above comment I needed to accurately cut some planks to a taper of specific width and length (the measurements are taken from the hull). I do have a rip mitre gauge for the saw but I thought I would share the following method which I find easier and quicker. I set up the saw to cut the plank to the maximum width of taper needed. I then cut the plank to width. Having done this I then cut the plank to the length of taper needed. As I usually need 2 tapers (one for each side) I stick 2 planks together using double sided tape. Without changing the width of cut on the saw I then slot out the end of a piece of scrap. Having done this I create a notch using a hand saw. I then place the plank against the notch and use a push stick to apply side pressure to hold it in place while pushing the plank into the blade using the notched stick. I end up with 4 tapers - 2 correctly sized and 2 slightly smaller (because of the blade width). I know stealers are not supposed to come to a sharp point but I find they work fine on this type of hull. And so I proceed to plank.

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