OK, I've started some boat building related stuff at last
Began the building frame tonight..
Phew there's not going to be much room in here !
First challenge, the floor is nowhere near flat or level, going to have to do some careful packing and bracing.
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A long weekend's work ....
Roof's on ready to felt.
The odd shape is where it nests into the old garden shed
Couldn't believe the price of doors, and none were the right size, so I decided to build my own. I expect I'll regret this when the cheap softwood swells and warps. Oh well it kept me quiet for a weekend.
The trusty homemade router bench proved invaluable to machine all the rebates
Getting there now.
Still loads of tidying up, gaps to fill and preserving to do etc, but I now have a useable workshop
-2 deg, snow on the ground, timber packs all frozen together, not the best outdoor building conditions, but I've made a start at last.
The full team are helping today
Sophie checks the roof strength - that should do it !
The plans include a breakdown of the major materials required, so now comes the email, phone call routine of finding best sources.
6 x sheets of 4mm ply
1x sheet of 5mm ply for cockpit floor, uless a more modern alternative is chosen
Various lengths and sections of PAR timber for the chines, stringers, doublers etc. I plan to use Western Red Cedar for these for it's straight grained light properties.
John Elliot states how important it is for careful chioce of ply to optimise strength and lightness and achieve the target 50kg hull weight. I certainly don't want to compromise on materials so after much research am settling on 4mm Robbins Elite, an Okoume/Gaboon Marine ply. The remaining question is do I dig really deep and go for their Sapele veneered version for the visible clearcoated decks ?? £££
Darn it it's snowing - how am I going to build a shed in this ?
First big challenge - where am I going to build this ?
I couldn't negotiate access to the garage as Sarah won't leave her MX-5 out in the cold, especially for the length of time I expect this build to take. So the shed it is.
Trouble is it is only half the size I need. Some major mods needed. I'm going to turn it 90 deg, split it apart and rebuild to aound 5m x 2.5m that should do it