Saturday, 17 December 2016
Friday, 16 December 2016
Starting to glass in the backing pads
The whole of the backing pads glass over with two layers of 2 oz CSM
looking forward to the bow seat / buoyancy tank all we have do now is glass in the stern seat / buoyancy tank. Then fit the centre seat blocks and then lift it out of the mould to fit the inwales and gunwales.
Saturday, 10 December 2016
Starting dry fitting the bow seat buoyancy tank
Then glassing it in position
Trimming back the edge of the matting while it was still in a semi cured condition leaving a neat edge.
Setting up the stern seat / locker with a spirit level in both directions athwart ships
Then fore and aft directions before getting ready to glass it in position.
The second apprentice learning to use hand tools as chisels to shape the shaft of his paddle
Carefully using a paring chisel to continue to shape the shaft of the paddle near to where the blades are going to be glued on to the shaft to continue the next stage of the making of the paddle.
How the shaft of the paddle started
Now getting closer to the finished shape
Now sanding the the final high spots off the shaft
As a company we employ disable young people to help them achieve their goals of becoming boat builders as we find they practical talents which would otherwise be lost.
Friday, 9 December 2016
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Making patterns for the bottom of the floor bearers so that a floor can be laid down while working on the inside of the dinghy
A number of patterns made, now just have to line them up in the boat and mark off the tops
Using a piece of plywood to work on in the dinghy at the moment, however soon to be replaced with floor bearers and a temporary floor
Sunday, 4 December 2016
First the apprentice had to mark out the piece of ash he was going to use for the shaft for the paddle
Then cut out the paddle blades
Once all the pieces with cut they had to be put through the planner thicknesser to get them to the correct size
The make a start on making the shaft round by using the same method you use to make a round mast from a square piece of wood
Having cut the blades for the paddle leaving on a bit for cramping up which once the glue as set can then be cut to close to correct size to plane and shape the paddle.
Friday, 2 December 2016
Thursday, 1 December 2016
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Monday, 28 November 2016
Finally got the mould with the dinghy in the workshop ready to make a start on fitting her out
First dry fitting the stern seat before make the transom pad for the outboard and then glass in the seat
Dry fitting the bow seat, however before the glass in this bow seat in, there is the fitting of the bow eye bolt
Let the fun begin
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Friday, 25 November 2016
Working on making a new forehatch
Another job to sort out the top of the transom
Sort out the coamings around the cockpit sides
Make a gas bottle locker to keep the gas bottle from moving round the cockpit while at sea
The varnish work on the inside of the cabin as stood well after been left for a long period of time
The broken deck beam that needs replacing before the new deck can go back on a job with top priority
The mast step that needed replacing at the same time as the deck beams
A new rib needed to be made and steamed into place as one of the jobs over the winter
A lot of painting and varnishing to be done over the winter months as well both on the inside and outside.