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.