Day light savings has started and the weather is warming up so today was the day for a quick shakedown sail in preparation for lots of sailing this summer. The boat has been under tarps for the winter and has developed some mold which needs to be cleaned and oiled. Other than that everything seemed to go pretty well today.
One hour at the helm brings my total to 148 hours. That's not many hours over 8 years.
Monday, September 29, 2014
I have just come back from Sydney and had the opportunity to visit Smith and Smith suppliers of tools and parts to what was once a clock and watch making industry. I had been wanting to visit for a number of years and was hoping to browse through their stock and buy a souvenir. Most of the stock was behind the counter so I didn't get the chance to rummage through old tools so I had to settle for a nice chat with the proprietor.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Not much tinkering has been going on in the workshop lately so it is with a real sense of achievement I can announce the completion of my trestle table. I have opted for my preferred treatment of pine which is white paint. I have tried to age the finish a bit with contrasting coloured under coats and a light rub so that some of those colours show. The design is an interesting one and the table should prove useful because it knocks down to a flat pack for easy transport. The cross beam has through tapered mortises which take a wedge. The table ends fit over the cross beam ends and the wedges lock in place.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Boating without a sail? I don't know about that. But with a trip up river on the cards I thought it was worth a try. Our initial trip was out Mordialloc creek and was pleasant enough considering the rain. Out on the bay it just didn't seem right without a mainsheet in one hand and a tiller in the other.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Slowly but surely my trestle table is coming together. After edge joining six planks I cut a wide tenon at each end with my router leaving a raised ridge on the outer edge to support my router base during the cut. I then cut the tenon to the finished 45mm length and cut out the two locking tenons leaving the shorter edge behind. The end mortise started as a 10m x 6mm groove cut on my router table and then the two deeper sections roughed out on the drill press and clean out by hand with my mortising chisel. Once fitted together I drilled holes and cut two hardwood locking pins and glued everything together.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Begonia is the Wooden Boat Association club boat. I don't know its history in detail but I know it was built in the early 90's by Tom Whitfeild who I believe was a local boat builder. The boat is traditional lapstrake construction with huon pine planking. The Association claims the boat is easy to set up but I prefer to watch the experts setup her rig. She does seem to be well behaved and sails well in light wind. I need to spend more time at the helm.