Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #2: Got Wood? Wood arrives...

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 03-31-2010 05:04 AM 12794 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: So it begins...wood arrives tomorrow...the quest to build a sailboat... Part 2 of Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build series Part 3: I AM A BOAT BUILDER!!! »

Well…I hope you weren’t all holding your breathes!!! After nearly 5 months of discovering, dreaming, hoping, worrying, and stressing—-I became a boat owner! Or at least a boat MATERIALS owner…

However I cannot claim to be a boat builder…I ran into a snag because I could not find ONE SMALL part, lol…my rip guide for my circular saw…I thought my new one had one, but I realize that I did not get one with it…and then i tried to find another that I have and with my shop re-organization (haha) I could not find it…which is exactly what Karson warned me about! I thought about using my tablesaw but just thought it would be too hard with wood this long…and by this time in the day I thought I would get a fresh start in the morning after a trip to the tool store (PLEASE TELL ME I CAN FIND A GENERIC RIP GUIDE for the circular saw???)

Before I realized that here is how the day went…finished cleaning the space for the wood…more then enough room in my tiny one car-shop…which felt good…then eternity…they told me yesterday the delivery would be “mid-morning” so by 11am I was getting anxious…called since I started worrying that I had the wrong day…but they said the driver left 10 minutes ago…so I got chipper…paced some more…

Wood arrived 20 minutes later…and we were pulling it all off the truck…at first I leaned the ply up on the wall…but it seemed to unstable there…so I put it flat on the ground and stacked the long pieces in that spot…some of the boards are 16 feet. It was good to sort through the wood and get another look at it…I put the pieced I would not need for a while on the bottom of the pile…

Then the boss came home and we went to lunch—-remember we are on vacation…it was after lunch when I wanted to finish organization and cut the stringers…this is first because you use the stringers as battens to loft the curves…If I cant find the rip guide at the store I will find something else for a batten…

Below is an unexciting picture of the wood…and my shop…

One more thing…while not Minnesota cold…it was CA cold and it rained off and on…it was a bummer because my work space will mostly outside on the patio…so after feeling cold and frustrated I stopped working by the end of the day—-and then a bit later this rainbow appeared over my shop and the space I will build…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 05:28 AM

Hey Matt, if you have some 1/4” or 1/2” plywood approx. 6” wide and however long you need and a straight board 2-1/2” wide you can make a nice rip fence for your saw. Screw the straight board or ( 3/4”x 2-1/2” wide plywood ) to the 1/4” plywood. Run your saw along the straight edge cutting off the excess 1/4” plywood. This makes the straight board parrallel to 1/4” ply. To use, just line up the edge of the ply to your cut marks, clamp the fixture to your ply sheet and run the saw along the the straight board. Just make sure to know which side of the line is the waste side or you might be a saw blade width too short or too long.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 05:38 AM

I’m excited already, just looking at that beautiful wood.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 03-31-2010 06:10 AM

Matt good luck on getting started.

Did you receive my email, I got another kick back for the email address.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 03-31-2010 06:20 AM

So your morning was pacing, making phone calls and stacking your plywood twice.. Yep. I’d say you’re off to a perfectly good and normal start!

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 01:40 PM

what !.... 8 hours and still no boat….LoL

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 01:59 PM

i see the patio is ready for us ’ arm chair ’ sailors ,

that jig rabbet describes above is good ,
another way i have done straight rips ,
is to make a 90 deg temporary cross ,
( one board over another ) ,
and run your skill saw into it part way .
make blocks that go from ’ guide ’ edge ,
to both sides of the saw kerf then cut them in half .
use them to align a straight edge for the cut ,
and clamp that to your board .
( one set for inside cuts , and one for outside cuts ,
mark them , as there will be the saw kerf width difference in them ) .

i hope this helps .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 03-31-2010 02:41 PM

HHHMMM… Boat… Rainbow.. why do I get the feeling you will be getting some help from a “higher authority”?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 02:44 PM

Waiting to see more,did you check for the pot of gold ?it looks like its in your shop

-- Bill in Mich

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#9 posted 03-31-2010 03:42 PM

lol…thanks for keeping things in perspective for me…when I started I was seriously not in a hurry…I was enjoying sorting the wood…pulling out a bunch of staples (two pieces of wood had a gazillion staples—-but no worries…I was enjoying the slow…

Then I couldnt find that part…lol…will figure it out today…

Just a little anxious because we leave for Chico tomorrow…and wanted to make some cuts…hopefully later today…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 04-01-2010 04:54 AM

Matt, what of wood is you using?

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#11 posted 04-01-2010 06:33 AM

hi charles…mostly douglass fir…for the dimensional pieces…and also marine grade plywood…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Mark Shymanski

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#12 posted 04-06-2010 04:42 AM

Looking forward to following your progress Matt. Enjoy!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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