Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rye sailing day

As usual Rye turned on great weather for our regular February sailing day.  A great turn out of about 16 boats, many of which I haven't seen before.  The highlight of the day was being swept up by the couta boat fleet returning to Blairgowrie.

Not so much a sailing day as a beach picnic day one hour at the helm brings my total to 147 hours.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Alma Doepel

After several months occupied as a gentleman of leisure I have recently gone back to full time work to pay my debt to society.  As a result I have been spending less time on line and even less time in my workshop.  I did, however, have the opportunity through the week to visit the Alma Doepel restoration workshop.  The Alma Doepel is a three masted top-sail schooner built in Bellingen in 1903.  She is a shallow drafted ship with two center boards so that she could carry goods along the NSW coast and be able to cross river bars.  Seeing the ship dismantled with all the items cataloged made me realize just how complex a process restoration is.  It would probably be easier to build from scratch.  It's possible the volunteers just just want to maximize their time in such a massive and impressive workshop.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The weirdest workbench you'll ever see.

I have had my engineering vise mounted to a three leg trestle for a while now and find it quite useful.  In my workshop the name of the game is to be able to move things around to suit the job.  The original trestle was welded from 50mm RHS and whilst functional I did notice some flex whilst using the hacksaw.  Having recently been given some heavy 75 x 100mm RHS I decided to make a new matching pair to suit my tinkerers work holding beams.  I haven't decided what to do with the spare post but I might mount my bench grinder on it or fabricate a post vise.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Years in the planning.

I'm getting to the end of my stash of exotic scraps.  It has been a stretch to figure out what to do with some of the smaller pieces but I think it has been worth the effort.  Off cuts from son of tinkerers laminated banjo neck have made some very simple boxes and candle holders.  The cutting board may or may not be teak.  At some stage during the nineties I recovered a broken, danish style, side table with a split down the table top. It was far too good a piece of wood to throw out and now, twenty years later, I have a large presentation board.