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.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sailing Begonia

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.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wooden boat building made to look easy

Great video showing how easy it is to build a wooden boat.  Interesting steam bending technique and an interesting rowing technique towards the end.  Not a battery drill or pot of epoxy in sight.  Amazing.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Swedish flat pack. 18th century style

This project started out as a way to use up some of my extensive collection of junk pine collected from hard rubbish.  The idea was to produce a knock down utility table out of scrap and move it on to a new home.  What I didn't count on was just how well the design would be received in the licensed2tinker household.  Now the pressure is on to turn my junk pine into fine furniture.  That $75 worth new hoop pine boards will help.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Forging a froe

The ultimate aim of my recent venture into blacksmithing has been to make myself a froe.  A froe is not the sort of thing I can pick up at my local hardware so forging my own has always seemed like a good idea.  I have previously used an improvised froe made from a flat tire lever welded to a round shafted wrench.  The tire lever was only 25mm wide so there was barely enough leverage to open out a split.  The new froe is made from a section of leaf spring 50mm wide.  I started by forging the eye and then drew out the edge, hammering the section down and out to a thin taper, so the the finish width is about 60mm.  One unintended consequence of drawing out the edge is the curve in the blade.  Drawing out the edge also stretched the material along the length of the blade.  If I were to make another I would pre bend the blade to compensate.