Not much to report on I’m afraid. We took last weekend off to enjoy a trip to the mountains. Here are a few photos to get the idea of the place.
|Before the afternoon snow.|
|Very effective fireplace. Oak left hardly any ash.|
|Old cabin window|
|Marriage of old & new cabins. Well done.|
Kept the fireplace going non-stop. Did some target practice. Ate too much and had a morning hike (too short to offset the good food).
House chores have slowed progress this weekend. I did manage to carve out a pair of toggles for lifting the boat bow & stern. I had laminated scraps from the build thus far with carpenters glue.
|Toggles blocked out for planing.|
Laminations are of Mahogany, Yellow Pine and western Red Cedar. Holes were drilled on the press prior to any shaping. I’ve become a great fan of planes. They make quick work, no dust and eliminate sanding for the most part.
|Filed recess for the line.|
After a slot was chiseled, the round file got us close for a slight recess. Sandpaper wrapped around the file did the rest.
|Shaped and ready for varnish.|
These are no great design, but are an evolution from the 2 previous sets I did for the SOF yaks. Simple, handy, and functional.
|with 2 coats of varnish|
These will be the colors in the kayak. Used Petit’s Z-Spar gloss varnish. I don’t know if it is still true, but I’ve always thought gloss is harder than satin. I’ll let this 2nd coat harden and put a final coat on later.
Otherwise, I hope to try some epoxy & glass on the 2 bulkheads I glued up previously. the temps are not likely to be warm enough for glassing the hull anytime soon. I may consider making some sort of plastic tent over the boat to trap heat from an oil filled radiator heater. I want to get on with this project. Spring and sailing is coming!
PS: yes that is apencil line across one toggle. I don’t mind a bit of the hand left in the construction. Like the nail holes, I see it as “character”. I’m not looking to have a piece of furniture though I’m sure that 1st scratch will hurt.