Friday, December 5, 2014

Happy Thankskiffing

Our Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful, we had a great dinner with each other.
This is a picture of us having a great Thanksgiving dinner together.

We're putting the last finishing touches on the skiff.

This is one of our great students doing detail work on the skiff.

This is one of our students taking the edge tape off.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Paint It Up Boat Style

We're putting the second coat of primer. 

After we put the primer on, we put on our first coat of paint. 

Now we scuffed the thwarts and prepared for varnishing.
Applied varnish on the foot stretcher brackets.

We applied burgundy paint on the sheer strake.

Friday, November 14, 2014


We were putting bottom paint on the boat.

Rollin' and tippin' 

Our group was painting the Keel.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Oar You Ready?

We are using the band saw to cut the kabes.

Then we were putting on the first coat of primer on the keel and the garboard plank.

Now we are using teamwork to finish putting the first coat of primer on the bottom of the boat

We are tipping out the primer on the boat.

Next we taped the boat with pieces of scrap paper so the bottom paint doesn't drip to the topsides. 
Finally, we are using a plane to level and even out the oars.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Roll, Roll, Roll Your Boat.

This is an artsy shot of us priming the boat.
We started applying the first coat of primer.  The technique we used for painting is called "Rolling and Tipping".  We used this method to get an even coat of paint with no bubbles.  
Then we added a second coat of primer.
After we primed, we applied the first coat of paint to the inside of the boat.  The color we chose is Interlux's Seattle Gray.
The floorboards from last years skiff fit into our new skiff.  We used them as a pattern for the new floorboards.
In order to paint the outside of the boat we had to flip it first.  We set the edge on life jackets and rolled it over.

We adjusted the boat.           
We placed crates under the boat once we got it leveled out.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pretty Prepping

We sanded and cleaned the thwarts before applying a coat of sealer.  The sealer soaks into the grain of the wood and protects it.  We decided to finish the thwarts "bright" meaning they'll be a natural wood color when we're finished.
Notice the chamfer on the bottom of the seats, we removed some of the wood from the bottom of the seats to make them appear thinner.
Applying the sealer to the seats and seat supports.
This is our breasthook at the bow after we sealed it with the sealer.
We started cutting out kabes with the band saw.

We were sanding the boat, prepping for primer.

Friday, October 10, 2014

It's Hip to be Square

We clamped the rouths onto the inwales and used a pencil to mark where we had to cut them out.
Then we used a mortising machine to cut out square holes so the kabes would fit through the holes.
Next, we used the jigsaw to cut the rouths.  This removes the wood between the two square holes, making it rectangular.

Now we are using the router to round over the edges of the rouths.
Finally, we glued the rouths into place and sanded them even with the side of the boat.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Back to Work, BOSSES in ACTION

We put epoxy on the inwales.
After we spread the glue, we began to clamp the blocks for the inwales onto the skiff.  
Now we're scraping up the excess glue that squeezed out from the clamping.
Next, we used a jointer plane to even out the inwales with the planks of the skiff.
Then we started rasping the frames so the last piece of the inwales would fit.
We used a jigsaw to rough out custom sanding blocks for the breasthooks.  These will be used to sand the curves in the breasthooks.
After we roughed them out with the jigsaw we used a band saw to cut to the line.
IN ACTION!! After creating custom made sanding blocks, we used them to sand the curve in the breasthook.
At the bow, we glued plugs in to cover the screws.
FINALLY!! We glued in the last part of the inwales into the boat.