Category «Tools»

November Update

With the cold wet weather upon us, focus shifts back to the interior. This time starting with the v-berth and forward head. The V-berth is being planned as more of a “garage” for storage of stuff (sails, fenders, etc.). Stuff that could be wet and dirty. With that in mind, primary features are that it …

Stripping Deck Gelcoat Non-Skid with the PaintShaver Pro (Video)

So here it is. The fastest and easiest method to remove the thick gelcoat non-skid from the deck. The tools is the “PaintShaver Pro” (http://paintshaver.com/paintshaver-pro/). Originally designed to strip paint from home siding, sold in two versions: original and marine. The difference between the two being the marine version has diamond tipped teeth instead of …

Westsail Project Christmas

Many thanks to the admiral who jump started the Westsail project with a few new tools. A digital thickness planer gauge! A bit more accurate than the scale supplied with the DeWalt thickness planer, it should eliminate the need to check plank thinkness with the digital calipers. Honing tools! These are used to sharpen hand …

Tool Tune-up Time

Yesterday was “tool tune-up” day in the shop. In addition to changing the blades on the new planer (the ones I ruined last weekend), the band saw was in need of much attention. Planer Blade Change Let start with the planer, as I have especially been curious of whats inside these things. The insides are basically: a …

Tube Bender

Recently scored a used tube bender on eBay for a fraction of the cost of a new one. I am hoping to use this for some exterior stainless rail work (still a ways off yet). This unit came with dies for 1 inch diameter tubing and a 10 inch bend radius. We are planning 1.25 …

MIG Welding: How Hard Can It Be?

There is a new tool in the shop. A MIG welder. Even though this boat is fiberglass, there are a number of things I can think of where this welder will come in handy (brackets, braces, mounts, etc). In addition to a few projects around the house. I don’t know why, but I have always …

Secret Weapon Revealed Part II: The Machine

So here are the basic list of features. See the slideshow at the bottom of this post for closeups of the machine. maximum 4 feet by 4 feet cutting area (larger can be cut with a bit of cutting file trickery) high speed lead screws give linear motion up to 300 inches per minute hardened …

Saturday Matinee

Here is a demonstration of the CNC machine’s basic capabilities. This time compressed video is of the machine cutting a part for the under-deck flange for the engine room hatch, a project that is currently in progress. This video shows some of the basic operations such as drilling holes, cutting pockets and dados and the …

Secret Weapon Revealed Part I: Cunning and Deception

A new tool has been added to the shop, well, added last fall actually. This is a CNC router table. ‘CNC’ stands for “computed numeric control”. It is basically a computer controlled router table that can cut pieces designed in CAD. It can cut your basic two dimensional shapes and do some three dimensional stuff …