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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Rebuilding inside parts of the door framework

The first door the top and middle parts of the door were in a bad condition and needed replacing and where possible the old parts were used. However, over half of the parts were serviceable.   

The second door on the other hand was the other way round the bottom and the middle were in a poor condition and needed replacing.

The back door framework and the hood rails which the is fixed to is coming along well.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

A change of direction and pace. working on a classic car

A complete change from working on boat, now doing a spot of classic car restoration.

The old ash wood  a bit worse for wear after 60 + years

Making new parts to fit using the old parts as patterns 

Still a place for using hand tools to do the finer parts of shaping the wood to fit the shape of the car.

Friday, 2 September 2016

The last of the mortise and tenon joints for the fore and aft hatches on the lifeboat project

The last of the mortise and tenon joints for the fore and aft opening hatches on the lifeboat project.

Dry fitting the joints, then glue and clamp them together and the final bit of planing and sanding before painting them and fitting the hinges and catches 

Then go down to the lifeboat and fit the hatches to finish off the project.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Sanding down the seat plugs ready to fill and fairing any unfair patches on the plugs before coating them again

Sanding down the plywood plugs to fair them up ready for next stage

Now it is ready for the filling to being and a lot of sanding to be done

A good use for the powerful vac, using as an extraction device.

Getting back to painting the yacht's hull

Getting back to work on the hull of Mai-Star II, starting to build up the coats of undercoat, The first of four coats of undercoat.

Now the first coat of undercoat is on, now the filling and fairing can being with sanding and filling until we get a fair hull again.

Starting to look more like her old self with a beautiful white hull.  

Friday, 19 August 2016

Starting to make the seat moulds out of the seat plugs that came with the boat mould

Sanding down the plugs surface to make it rough enough to take the first coat of epoxy to seal the surface before sanding it down later to have a smooth surface.

First coat of epoxy applied just got to wait for it to go off and harden ready to apply the next coat and keep building up the surface until happy with the surface finish before going on to the next stage. 

Getting the aft seat ready to go through the same treatment as the front seat.

Aft seat sanded down and first coat of epoxy applied 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Getting back to work after a few days off,

Marking out fore hatch ready to cut joints 

Starting to make new toe rails to replace the old damaged toe rails on Mai-Star II

Here is one of the old toe rails using it as a pattern for the o
new toe rails

Getting on with the varnishing of the rubbing skates and new toe rails and painting chain locker bulkhead and the step locker lid

All the cabin floorboards painted now ready to go back in the yacht when the rest of the work in the cabin is finished

Rubbing skates and toe rails get more coats of thinned varnish building up the layers slowly

The step locker getting ready to be painted 

Step locker now painted with  a fresh coat of undercoat