Category «Wood»

Slackin’ and V-Berth Update

Wow, I have really been slackin’ on posting blog updates. I will make a concerted effort here to catch up on the various paralell projects in the next few posts. The v-berth, aka “the garage” is mostly trimmed in. As per the last post, we decided to clad the hull sides with strips of hardwood, …

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 …

Cabinet Face Frames, Doors and Hardware

Here is the latest on cabinet face frame experiments. This is port side of the forward salon. The main panel is khaya veneered plywood with maple horizontal inlays above and below the cabinet doors. The cabinet doors are inset with fully concealed hinges. Latches are push button locking types. This idea includes a grille spanning …

Cabinet Face Experiment #2

Second cabinet face experiment. Using square cornered doors and sample horizontal inlays at the top and bottom of the door. Just testing construction technique and design. Not really a test of wood species and look as this is a scrap of plain sande marine ply (kinda dirty) and the khaya inlay doesn’t really contrast. Use …

Wood Species Comparisons

For the next experiment we will be trying out khaya veneered plywood. Here is a sample of the plywood with various wood inlays. The ideas for the interior include contrasting accent trim. Probably a lighter color wood. In the above picture, from top to bottom we have: maple, beech, alder, cherry, teak, sapele. The smartphone …

Re-gaining Momentum on the Interior

With continuing tweaks and adjustments happening with the new shop, the setup is now ready for pushing forward with the “wood” related aspects of finishing the boat interior. Before the new shop, we were in need of a wood species. Of the few samples under consideration, the choice has been narrowed to sapele or khaya. …

New Wood Shop Tour

Yes, it has been a long time to get here. Recall we acquired a barn in an adjacent lot. This expanded our back yard and gave us room to move the (just finished) garage wood shop, into the barn. The barn’s interior has been painted and wired with plenty of outlets, including some 220v circuits, …

Back Online… And a Left Turn…

I lost my ageing primary computer workstation last Christmas morning, due to a failing hard drive.Immediately I scrambled to ensure that all of the Westsail project files (Pictures, CAD, CNC Modeling files) were backed up and accessible. Finally, I have the replacement system assembled, online and running. This system is built with all new parts. …

Router Table… Finally

This seemingly easy project has been dogged by locating parts, product back orders and the warm summer weather (focusing on other projects). Table surface, fence, dust collection hood This is the final router table to be used for finish work. It is a 2′ x 3′-ish router table surface, built into a base cabinet, with …

Jigs And Joints

This past week I have been making a jig to assist cutting what I call a “modified scarf joint” for the caprail trim. Perhaps there is a better name for this as I have seen it used often on caprails? Basically the joined ends of the caprail planks are cut such that they interlock together. …