Friday, November 22, 2013

Clamping Our Style

We used the spokeshave to plane down the edge of the Rudder. We did this in order to reduce drag.

We used the thwarts (seats) from skiff #1 as a template, so we know which thwart is which, where it goes in the boat, and we know what size it will be. 

We were planing the extra wood off the edge of the thwart, (creating a chamfer) to make the thwart appear thinner.

We cut out more foot stretcher brackets for skiff #1 and sanded them down. 

We clamped up the garboard plank without any glue to double check the placement.  

After we glued the cheeks on the Rudder, we sanded it to make it flush and clean up the glue.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Stretching Out Our Skiff Skills

Rounding over the bracket for the foot stretchers using a router.  The foot stretcher brackets were cut out with the CNC machine and will be used for skiff #1.

Gluing up the next garboard plank.  

We glued the keelson to the stems and the frames.

Putting glue on the bow stem.

We were spreading glue on the frames.

We clamped the keelson down to the stems and the frames.  Afterwards, we had to clean off the extra glue.

Friday, November 8, 2013

T.E.A.M.W.O.R.K. (Together Each Awesome Member Works On Routing Keelson)

We are varnishing the Coxswain's seat.  This will be used on skiff number one.  The varnish has UV protection so the sun won't break down the wood.     

We used a Router in order to round over the sharp edge on the keelson. 

We glued together the garboard plank. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Play Hard, Work Hard!

We needed the keelson to be 17' long, and 1 1/2" thick, so we had to make it out of 6 pieces of White Oak wood.  We used epoxy to glue the scarphes together.  Our shop dog, Spirit, photobombed this picture.

In both of these photos, we were gluing the two pieces together to get the right thickness.  We scored the wood with a box knife so the epoxy could soak into the wood and make the glue joint stronger.
We finished the oars for skiff #1 FINALLY.  The wider stripes indicate the longer oars.