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  1. Very nice process, they look good. What is the machine in the first photo, where you have the stock clamped down, drilled, then milled?
  2. Ok got the stern area all sanded down, soaked a couple of planks and got them clamped up to form. I will probably let them sit overnight to get good and dry. I had them soaking for at least 10 minutes maybe up to 20.
  3. I started this build about 2 years ago, it was my first build, but I quickly found the instructions to be quite lacking so I picked up the 18th Century Longboat by Model Shipways. I worked on it off and on for the past 2 years and just wrapped it up a couple of weeks ago, my build log is linked below. I also just ordered the Syren by Model Shipways and started a build log on it as well, however the bulkhead former is a bit warped and so while I wait for a replacement to arrive I decided to dig this out and work on it. I will likely work on both in tandem, I would like to plank this one before I start planking the Syren. I could use the practice more before starting on a single planked ship. So here are some brief descriptions and photos of what I did 2 years ago and I will update moving forward. Here's the unboxed shot with some masking tape identification tags on the parts. Right off the bat there were a few missing and broken or warped parts I had to contact them for replacements. Broken bucket. I was missing two of these. Warped sheets. I believe the false keel was also warped but I didn't get a photo, so while I waited I started on the oar blocks and oars. Once I got the replacements I attached the bulkheads, decks, and bulwarks. That brings us up to where it sits now. I had bent some planks to test while I faired the hull. Tonight when I dug it out and was testing the fit of the planks, I realized that I need some filler blocks in the stern, there was nothing to attach to between the last bulkhead just to the rear of the second lowest deck all the way back to the stern. There are also 2 or 3 different angles that the stern and bulkheads sit at that I found it difficult to try and cut out perfectly shaped fillers so I just started cutting off scraps from the leftover sheets. It doesn't look pretty but with enough glue I think it will set well and I can sand it all down. The end result is really all that matters. I did this tonight and will let it dry overnight before I start sanding and test fitting the planks again.
  4. Thank you for the advice, I was debating on whether to ask for a new one or if this was easily managed with filler blocks. Thanks for the input.
  5. The bulkhead former is slightly warped, it has a bow in the middle. I think it will be easily corrected with some filler blocks.
  6. Here is my workspace, it is on a second kitchen table between the official "dining room" and the living room, it's a very small house with an open living/dining/kitchen. I have enough wall space to just barely fit a 4' wide print/plan on the wall above and to the left of the table. Just beyond that space is where my son and I's guitars hang before running into the couch. I have a small workshop outside under my patio, walled off and attached to the side of the garage. It has a roof, but the roof is the patio roof, and the walls don't go all the way up. Not insulated, more like a storage shed for lawn tools. Nevertheless I turned it into a workshop. My initial outside workshop after I bought the house and built the workbenches. The white wood siding on the right is my garage and just out of the frame of the photo is a short doorway that goes into the garage. There is another separate patio entrance to this shop directly behind where I am taking the photo from. About a year or so after I moved in I wanted more space so I detached the wall on the left and moved it 4 feet further left and built extended the back and front walls to meet it, thus giving myself an extra 4 feet side to side. From the doorway to the garage looking to the back new extension corner. From the doorway to the garage looking towards the front of the shop at the other entrance. I have since changed it up again to fit a full size floor lathe. No photo of this though. Instead of the two work benches forming an L shape in the back corner I was barely able to squeeze them both in lengthwise along the left wall with a bit of storage space in that front left corner like there is in the above photo. I then put the lathe along the back wall directly in front as you walk in from the patio. Most of my shop is dedicated to lathe work now. I have a small job site table saw, miter saw, scroll saw, and router table, but I keep them stored under the benches on the storage shelf and bring them out when needed. I am starting my second year as a high school wood shop and CAD drafting teacher so I have access to all kinds of full size wood working tools there.
  7. So just before wrapping up my first build the 18th Century Longboat, I decided to purchase this kit because of the excellent instructions. I also have a couple others on my shelf waiting to be built, the HMS Endevour's Longboat by Artesania Latina and the HMS Granado by Caldercraft. I intended on building the AL longboat first, but found the instructions very lacking in any sort of detail. So I picked up the 18 Century Longboat and worked on it for a little bit, before planking felt daunting and it sat for about 6 months before I finally decided to give it a go. Finished planking, then found I wasn't ready to try shaping and cutting out the cap rails, floorboards, or decks, so it sat again, and little over a year later, last month, I dug it out and finished it, my build log is below in my signature. I had intended on doing the Granado after that one, it's directions look pretty good, but I think the Syren's directions are a bit better and I was able to get it on a good sale a couple weeks ago. So here I am starting my second build, I will move on to the Granado after I finish this one and one day I'll get around to AL's HMS Endevour. I won't have nearly as much time as I have had these past 2 weeks, where I've finished the longboat, it's back to work for me. I am a high school CAD drafting and wood shop teacher, so my summer officially ended Sunday. Back to work for me yesterday, students return Monday. I plan to work on it a little each night and will try to remember to take photos and journal what I have done here on a regular basis. First off here is my complete workstation. I have enough wall space to hang the large plans on the wall to the left of area. The smaller plans for the Syren I folded up the white space around the edges and taped them up on the back side, they are small enough to fit in my work area when I need them. Next up is the required unboxing. Looks like I got the good sheets of wood and not the pink plywood I've heard about. My plans and templates also came the correct size and scale. I saw someone here do this to their manual and I thought it was an excellent idea. So when I finished my 18 Century Longboat I put it into a folder and protective sleeves just like this. I was just barely able to fit all the pages in with just enough length on the metal tabs to fold them over and contain all the pages securely. One of the plans, with the empty white space folded up and taped in the back. I took a complete inventory of all the parts, although admittedly I didn't count each and every block, deadeye, nail, eyelet, etc. I tapes and labeled the sizes of the various wood stock. And placed all the small items in a small plastic case with dividers.
  8. All right here she is all finished up, oars placed, but not tied and the anchor attached. This just wrapped up in perfect time, my Syren just arrived today. I'll be setting up it's build log later tonight with some unboxing, organizing, labeling, etc photos!
  9. I tried blackening the anchor with Novacan Black Patina, one of the two pieces blackened up really well, the other half not so much. Then when I wasn't able to attach them with CA, I could not get it to stick, maybe something to do with the blackening I don't know. So I ended up soldering them together, however the pieces are very small and fragile, and I ended up melting right through one of the prongs and it fell off. It certainly didn't take much heat or time for it to happen, so after some playing around with it I was finally able to get it reattached, but unfortunately, it ended up with a blob of solder at the joint and I wasn't able to get it off very well. I finally decided to leave it, painted it all up black since the blackening didn't take all the way, and then I tied it to forward split ring attached to the center floorboard. I hung the anchor over the side and let it rest on the base. I then added a rope coil. After I tie the oars up in two bundles and place them in the boat, I will snap some photos of the anchor, and final finished product.
  10. Just about done now, here I have my base I cut out of walnut and routed an edge to it. I also made two pedestals for the keel to sit in, also made out of walnut, and turned on my lathe. Both are coated in danish oil. I made the cut outs for the keel to sit in a little too big, so I placed double sided tape inside them to prevent it from leaning in the pedestals, and easy removal if I ever need it. Here she sits in on the base, with the rudder installed finally. Lastly here are the oars all painted up.
  11. Good info, makes me glad I purchased the Caldercraft.

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