Work Bench Genesis|
Every good boat-wright needs a work bench, so I built myself
a nice one. Note the skill with which this particular piece was
I don't really know what all the fuss is about with
this overblown fawning over "skilled craftsmen." Hooey. What's the
big deal, anyway? Just go down to the Home Depot, pick up one
of those workbench kits in a box, slap it together and there you
go. This wood working stuff is easy.
The Plans Arrive|
Okay, enough of the chit-chat. The plans and the book got here today,
and a quick look at the plans was enough to convince me that
I need to spend a great deal of time looking them over. There are
notes scrawled (very neatly) every which way and it's very likely
that if you don't examine every square inch of them, you'll miss
something pretty important. |
The plans also came with a smeary, poorly
executed xerox copy of some construction notes. On the first
few pages the copy is skewed to the left so that the first few
words of each sentence are somewhere off the page, and I have
to imagine what it is that they say. In most instances it's pretty
easy, and in the cases where they are not, the book fills in the gaps.
The Plans Arrive|
Okay, enough study, it's time to go buy some wood. The book talks at great length
about the difficulty in finding decent wood, but then cautions you
that when you do manage to find some good wood, it's probably
cut down in such a way as to kill some rain forest somewhere.
I plan to paint the hull
white to get that classic look, so the wood for the hull doesn't
have to be premium quality wood, but I do plan to have the stem,
keel and transom done in mahogany, so it will become an issue.|
In any case, I have several days
before I get to the point where I have to worry about that. Right now,
the building frame and moulds have to be built, so I can get cheap
pine boards and plywood for that.
The moment in which it is determined whether or not I am
allowed by the fates to retain my full complement of fingers
has at last arrived. I begin the building frame. Many of the more
experienced among you will no doubt skip ahead to the more complex
bits, but the novices should take some time to study this part of the
project and get it right. That's made even tougher because most of my
reading skips over this relatively uninteresting bit, so I had lots of
questions about how to do this as I went along, and no real answers
anywhere. Unfortunately, as I went along the answers became clear in
the work that I ended up having to re-do.|
important that the thing be square and
level, because mistakes made here will be reflected in the final product.
I'm taking this on faith, because that's what my reading says.
In truth, I'm still struggling to manage a drill and a saw. Here I have
one half of the frame completed, and I can assure everyone that
the corners are by-God square.