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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


Friday, 12 August 2016

Taking up the port side half of the foredeck on Mai-Star II

Marking out the areas between the deck beams so not to cut them while removing the deck


More marking out 


One major bit to remove from the fore deck,so to gain access to the two damaged deck beams below


Steel knee put in sometime in the past to connect the deck beams to the grown frames


This is the port side deck to hull steel knee before the deck is removed


Most of the foredeck is off now, just a small area beside the forehatch area to the cabin front left to remove.