Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lessons learnt

I have, once again, had the pleasure of helping some Wooden Boat Association members tie knots.  My plan was to cover a handful of simple knots and get every one to make a small key fob with 3mm line by the end of the night.

I think I succeeded in confusing the hell out of every one.  Still, there were some very good lanyard knots completed and I think every one had a good time.  Congratulations to every one for keeping their sailors swearing to a minimum.

I guess I won't be launching my teaching career any time soon.

Here are my youtube training videos in case any one wants to practice.
lanyard knot
four strand braid
wall knot
crown knot
wall and crown knot


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shakedown sail

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

Smith and Smith

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

Swedish style trestle table

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

Winter in Melbourne

Nice winter day for a run up the river.  Unique opportunity to take my boat through the middle of the city up to Herring Island and back to Williamstown.




Sunday, June 15, 2014

What's wrong with this picture?

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

Breadboard ends

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.