Jayne's Rowboat Rocker #3: Basic Shape Complete

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Blog entry by captkerk posted 12-16-2010 03:59 PM 10212 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Sizing up the Sides Part 3 of Jayne's Rowboat Rocker series Part 4: Capping the rails »

Yesterday started by doing final shaping on the ribs. I marked and cut them to length the night before and yesterday was the trial fit. All was well, so I needed to round-over the edges and sand them. Then it was time to install them permanently. A little bit of glue and a few well positioned screws hold each in place.

I made a few adjustments to the bow upright, sanded it and installed it in place as well. Some more glue and screws here.

Then it was time to bend the plywood into place to layout for screw holes.

I would have loved to keep the sides of the boat free of any visible fasteners, but I couldn’t think of a good way to accomplish that so it got carefully spaced screws along each side.

I like the way the screws turned out. Makes it look like rivets along the hull of a bigger boat. Now I need to focus on making a cap rail for the top of the sides, a cap piece for the bow and stern, a seat, and some rockers. I need to inlay a piece on the bottom of the transom board to hide the screws and was thinking of using purpleheart since this is a girl’s boat. If I do that, I will likely find a place to use more purpleheat as I add finishing touches. A few more days to go!

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 04:22 PM

Looks great. You are doing a very nice job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 04:24 PM

I like this better than the rocking boat I built. I hope it’s alright with you, the next one I build I may steal some of your design ideas.


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#3 posted 12-17-2010 04:05 AM

Thanks guys. William, I really like your boat rocker. Lots of neat ideas on it that kids would love, especially the ship’s wheel. This boat was intended to be a row boat but part of me wants to make it a sailboat so I can put in the wheel, too. I don’t think it’s big enough for all that and a kid, though.

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#4 posted 12-17-2010 04:53 AM

I’m watching your blog series on this closely for ideas though. I’ve got a project going at the moment that’s going to probably take at least a month. After that, and after seeing how you finish this, I’m thinking of building another boat rocker.
Of course, while this is my plan, I can’t guarantee when it will actually be. I’m constantly pulling ideas from all over the place. I’ll get to them all eventually. I get a lot of ideas from projects here on Lumberjocks. If I just stopped everything and simply worked on all my ideas in my idea tablet, it would probably keep me busy for a year.
The ribs (I think that’s what you’d call them) you’ve incorporated into your boat combined with a few other ideas I have would make for a much better boat rocker than I build before. I want to make it much bigger than my last one though. I want to go long enough to add big enough casting deck (like on my bass boat). Then I want to add a seat (like on my bass boat) and add a toy rod and real for a package deal. Your ribs are required to make this happen though. The boat I built would not hold up enough for a casting deck to be sat on.
Also, another idea I’ve had for over a year now is to combine two of my loves, woodworking and fishing/boating. I think you can already figure out where that one is going. I seriously think that it would be a blast to build my own functional wooden boat. I think I know where I can get a sturdy enough trailer for it to. I thought about building it over a long period of time on the trailer so I’d be able to move it if needed. I’ve seen ribs similar to yours on homemade wooden boats. This is the first photos I’ve seen though of a closeup technique to give me a better idea of the construction.
Ok. I’m getting way ahead of myself and stealing your spotlight. I do apologize. You’re building a real nice boat rocker. Can’t wait until the next installment. I’m going to add you to my buddy list so I can be sure to be able to come back later and see it.


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