Woodworking in miniature

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Project by GaryK posted 01-05-2008 08:12 AM 6090 views 7 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is and isn’t a woodworking project. It is made entirely of wood so it is woodworking but not a traditional woodworking project.

Anyway I thought that some of you might enjoy seeing it. I started it about 12 years ago and got bored with it after a years work. Maybe someday I’ll finish it.

It’s a ship called the “Confederacy”. The “ribs” are made from hard maple. Each rib consists of 16 parts in two layers overlapped at the joints for strength. The wales (the black strip) are made from ebony as well as parts of the stern.

The darker planking is swiss pear, and the light planking is laotian boxwood. All the little dots are actually little
dowels (trenails). Each installed one at a time!

I think that at one time I added up all the individual parts and I think that it came out to over 8000.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 01-05-2008 09:08 AM

Wow…That is truly amazing.

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#2 posted 01-05-2008 09:41 AM

Double wow. Thats something else Gary. It all takes time doesn’t it. I have been building my bar for the last 5-6 years so I have some idea how you feel. One day both of us might get a spurt along.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 01-05-2008 12:14 PM

Yikes! That is a seriously ambitious project.

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#4 posted 01-05-2008 12:37 PM

I have a doll house I started for my daughter. Now 3 years has past and I am still occasionally doing the shingles… Tedious as hell… Maybe when I have a grandkid some day it will be done.

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 01-05-2008 12:43 PM

and so why wouldn’t this count as woodworking? You’ve had to measure, cut, shape, join…. 8000 little pieces

that is So impressive—especially “those little dots”.. wow.

what’s left to be done? And what’s the next step?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 01-05-2008 01:29 PM

That is very cool and the detail is beautiful. It has to be some seriously tedious work.

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#7 posted 01-05-2008 01:51 PM

I commend you for even tackling such a project.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 01-05-2008 02:24 PM

A very impressive piece of work. The detail is amazing. How, pray tell, did you get those dowels in? I think my eyesight just got worse looking at all that fine work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 01-05-2008 02:29 PM

Gary that is truely a legacy craft. The art form is all but dead except for what you are creating .
Bravo and good on you.

Take as long as it takes in this mad world we endure.



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 01-05-2008 04:34 PM

Fantastic work, Gary!

I am much too big on instant gratification to ever undertake something like that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 01-05-2008 04:52 PM

Wow! was it a kit or all hand crafted? I’d have no patience for that, way to small. Hats off to you for that.

-- Marty Ohio

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#12 posted 01-05-2008 04:54 PM

Looks like very intricate, difficult work. Very impressive.

-- John

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#13 posted 01-05-2008 05:30 PM

I would give it a vote for wood working.
If you were to look at WikiPedia the definition is ”Woodworking is the process of building, making or carving something using wood”.
Your boat would fit into the definition.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#14 posted 01-05-2008 06:09 PM

Hello Gary;
—-now one starts to understand where you get your love for ’wood joinery’ at….!

When you say; “two layers ’overlapped at the joints’ for strength”, might I inquire as to what are the wood joints you are using here….half laps or….? And then the trenails….’wood art’ a-much. And then in pieces such as this, we learn patience and also the meaning of getting bored….plus the maybe’s of some-day.

Great wood piece here Gary and thanks for sharing….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#15 posted 01-05-2008 06:23 PM

Thanks for all your comments. I really appreciate them.

MsDebbie – What’s left to be done? Well, there’s the rest of the deck and inside planking, building the upper deck and planking it. Then there’s all the details. This is what it should look like when finished. I plan on adding
about three inches of the masts above deck.

Russel – All the little dowels were actually easy except for the tediousness. There is a guy I know in California
living in a log cabin who builds things in his garage with his son-in law. He makes a small treenail making
attachment for a dremel tool.

That made making the treenails a lot easier than using a draw plate. I took a jewelers screwdriver and sharpened the end and made a little dent where each trenail went. Then drilled the hole with a
dremel tool using the dents as a location to start the drill.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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