Fits and starts. Fits and starts. I wish the obligations of daily life would stop interfering with my building hours! Alas. Progress continues, and what follows is a random string of pictures of the work over the past few weeks.
I'm inspired to make rapid progress at this point. I think I mentioned that we're building a new home, and I want this to be finished by the time we move in. I'm also harboring a little plan to launch my Nav in Florida when we head down there over Spring Break next April. So...6 months. But fall is in full swing here in Wisconsin, and the weather is getting colder, and cold weather, ice and snow make for longer hours in the shop, and less time enjoying Wisconsin's waterways.
So... on with the slide show.
|Here I'm planing the bevels on the top edge of the 2nd course of planking and stringers to accept the bottom edge of the next plank. You can see I have scribed a line in pencil and am planing down to that line.|
Making a Tiller
So, I looked through the plans a few times and wasn't able to find any specific dimensions for tillers. So I measured the sketches of the finished boat that JW provides and scaled it up. I've decided my tiller will be 47" (1194mm) long with a 6.5" (165mm) rise. I will make it out of laminated Honduras Mahogany and White Oak—same as the rudder blade. Both the blade and the tiller will be 'poxied and varnished. Here are (most of) the steps:
|Use a long piece of scrap wood to estimate and measure how long the tiller wants to be|
|Lay out a grid on a scrap piece of 3/4" ply and draw the lines of the desired shape.|
|Line up some cheap steel L brackets to use as clamping surfaces for the wood.|
|All the the brackets screwed in place. I ran them out longer than needed.|
|Planed laminations, nice, clean and shiny smooth, alternating wood species for a stripy effect.|
|Dry-fit the laminations to make sure they can take the bend and clamp in place.|
|Voilá! A rough-carved tiller. Still needs some finessing of thickness. I want this to have some really sexy curves and a good hand feel. That will need to wait until my next shop session. :)|
|Tiller protruding from between the rudder cheeks. Yikes. Can't believe I wrote that sequence of words. Pin hole still needs to be drilled. Final shaping still pending.|