Regular readers will remember my recent steam bending success where I bent some 4mm hoop pine around a 50mm radius. I have now managed to complete my first svepask. A svepask (external link) literally translates to wrapped (svep) box (ask) and is commonly made from steamed birch and laced with birch root. Birch root is not commonly available in Melbourne suburbs so I have glued my box using ... surprise, surprise ... epoxy. The side lugs locate the lid and springiness of the bent box allows the side lugs to be opened and closed creating a simple latching mechanism.
My next svepask will be much thinner wall thickness and hopefully a bit more refined.
I have been meaning to get to a HTPAA sale for years but have never made it until today. It is really inspiring to see and feel some of these old, finely crafted tools, in person. My favorites are always the infill planes and watchmakers tools. One rare treat was a Stanley 141 and quite a large selection of Japanese tools. I managed to pick up a Stanley number 4, a mortising chisel, a gouge, an eyed awl and a small axe head which will be useful roughing out spoon blanks. I was there nice and early but it was still fairly busy including a couple of celebrity tool tragics Christopher Shwarz (external link) and Chris Vesper (external link).
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With the buoyancy tank ports fitted and the new steam bent coaming epoxied to the deck frame I have been able to start gluing on the deck. This time I have decided to make a more open cockpit and fit the deck in smaller sections. After the deck is in place the plan is to scribe and trim the coaming to the developed deck profile.
With the current Melbourne heatwave we decided to head in to Steamfest early to avoid the afternoon sun which was a good move. Crowd numbers seemed to be down but all my favorites were on show including traction engines, stationary engines, tools and books. For me the highlight was the locomobile replica which just happened to be for sale. Unfortunately I'm not looking for another project right now. Well worth the visit but I hope it will be a bit cooler next year.
Just before I pack away my steam bending kit I wanted to see how far I could go. I forgot to mention in my last post that I have also been pre soaking my wood in water for 24 hours prior to putting it in the steam box. Any way I have had the long term ambition of making Scandinavian bent wood boxes like this one (external link). I made my mold about 200 x 150mm which translates to a minimum 50mm radius and used hoop pine dressed to 5mm thick.