Maury S Posted January 24, 2015 Share #1 Posted January 24, 2015 While waiting for more lumber to continue with Cheerful, I ordered the windlass kit from Chuck. It's very neatly organized and the pieces (50 +) are very small. The most impressive pieces IMO are the sprockets. I could never do them from scratch with the tools I have. For the sides of the barrel parts, the instructions just say to bevel them. I need to be more precise if I want it to look anywhere near as nice as Chuck's illustration. I cut a jig from some scrap to the exact angle of the eight pieces (22.5 degrees). For those interested, each angle for an (any) sided piece is determined by dividing the number of sides (8) into 360 degrees = 45. The bevel on each piece will be half of that number = 22.5 degrees so that when they mate, you get 45 degrees. By holding the barrel sides against the jig while moving it back and forth over a sanding stick results in the exact 22.5 degree bevel. I sanded them down to just being able to see the laser char on one edge, but when assembled, they were just a hair too wide. I think you have to sand to the point where the char is just no longer visible. Once sanded, I rubbed a pencil along the inside angle so I could see to line up when gluing to the octagonal end pieces. I started with section "C" as it is the largest part of the barrel and best for ramping up the learning curve. Holding the little pieces is tough. Maury Chuck, Stuntflyer, KenW and 8 others 11 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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