Friday, March 28, 2014

Steaming Strapping Strips

With a birds eye view you can see the oars.  Also, we were putting a new blade into the jigsaw.
We were cutting a curve on the blade of a oar. 

We were cutting the stock for the outer stem stock.


We used a Thickness Planer to plane down the strips for the outer stems.
We used the steam box to get the strips to bend over the curve of our boat.
We did the same thing at the stern of the boat.

Keel 'n Oar and A Whole Lot More

Here's a close-up, we tapered the blade of the oar.
We used the bandsaw to straighten out this board, it will be our boat's keel. The species of wood is White Oak.
Using the spokeshave to eight-side the oars.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Finishing Touches

We dry-fit the lamination onto the oar in order to make it stronger .
We spread wood glue on the loom.

We were clamping the lamination down in order to get to the squeeze-out.  We put an extra piece of wood in between and the lamination to protect the oar from the metal clamp.
We were spreading the epoxy onto the final plank.
We put on the final plank.
 There are the four oars with the finished boat hull in the background. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tutorial: A Way To Make Clamps

Recently, we broke a lot of our lap clamps that came with our first kit.  Since we're not quite done planking the second skiff we decided to make more.  This is how we did it.
We used an existing clamp as a pattern and traced it out on this piece of wood.
Using a drill press, we drilled a hole in the wood with a Forstner bit.  
We used a band saw with a wider blade to make the straight cuts.
Then, we cut out the center piece.

We used the smaller band saw to cut the curve, because it has a smaller blade.

We're sanding the outside curve of the clamp down to the line.

We used a spindle sander to smooth the inside of the clamp.
Once we finished them, we attached the clamps to the boat.