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. …

Any Colour You Like

The final “ambient” lighting for the main and forward salon has been installed. These are two five meter LED strips that run along the underside of the side decks illuminating downward. These strips have 60 LEDs per meter that provides a fairly continuous “glow”. The lighting is not “direct” enough to be used as work …

What Was I Thinking?

Over the last a few weeks, two events occurred revealing two flaws in my electrical wiring design and implementation. One AC and one DC kind… AC wiring flaw It is close to winter again. Which means space heaters get run when I am inside the boat. Large power tool operation inside the boat is happening …

“Eyebrow” Portlights are In

We call these “eyebrow” portlights for lack of a better word. They are wide thin portlights installed on the forward facing deck surface where the forward cabin trunk transitions upward to the main cabin trunk. Down below one can see the “factor of three” taking shape.

Headliner/Hull Liner Material

While we do not particularly care for fabric or vinyl coverings inside the boat, there are a few places where this stuff makes sense. In particular the hull side of the master bunk. Factory Westsails often had teak strips cladding the inside of the hull. While I don’t mind the look, if I am sleeping …

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, …