Wintergreen Posted March 8, 2015 Share #1 Posted March 8, 2015 Hi fellow builders! So, first scratch build as well as first build in a fairly long time...what can be of this you say. Actually it is a build that I've been commissioned to do. That doesnt happen too often. For this particular commission I will not charge any payment, it is for pure fun. Quick background story (to keep with MSW rules of non-this and non-that content): Our pastor came up to me and asked about ideas for a candle holder to place in our church. A candle holder, usually found in Lutheran and Catholic churches, can have the form of a globe, a tree or just a box filled with sand to put small Christmas tree sized candles in. "A boat" was my immediate thought. I tested the idea and it was received well so I went home and took out my sketchbook. But what form should the boat be of? Anything open of course. Reverted to Google that told me about a excavation some 30 years ago at the shore of the Sea of Galilee. http://www.jesusboat.com/Story-of-the-Jesus-Boat How appropriate! A boat from the time around the start of our calendar. Not unlikely a type that Jesus, himself, rode in. Search "Galilee" in our forums and you will see both scratch builds as well as kit. Anyway, out from my pencil came the below sketch. Never mind the tables, they are a separate story. The sketch was presented to the board and accepted. Return question was: "When can it be ready?" Guess I have to start making sawdust. But first I made a card skeleton to grasp the needed size. As it turned out the finished boat needed to be some 20% bigger than the card model. Obviously the finished boat will be of wood, not card. But card is quick and easy to do a mock up in. Scale, might someone ask for. No such thing. My boat will some 75 cm long from stem to stern. I have blown up the mid section to care for more candles. There is some plan of the real thing on the site above which shows a flat bottom, rather upright sides and curved stem and stern and then the distinct feature of the cutwater. Like found on Roman ships of the time. Wood then? It will be oak. Rather uncommon on these pages because of it coarse grain. The real thing was build in Mediterranean species of which I have none...also the size of my model will cater for rather sturdy dimensions. Oak is known to bend well and it looks great when aged. Another feature of the oak I will use is that it is salvaged from an old motor boat from the 1940s...the trees that was used started to grow some 200-250 years ago... Here are some pieces that I picked out, arent they nice? Well, after some hand planing and a couple of runs through my thickness planer the blanks for the stern looks like this: That is how far I've come now. As always, daywork will interfere with time in the workshop, but I will make the most of it. tarbrush, avsjerome2003, michael mott and 15 others 18 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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