The beginning…….

After spending some time clearing our work space and preparing shadow-boards for tools, drawing a scale plan (lofting) of the component parts and deciding on the measurements and construction methods, taking advice from those that have been here before, we have made a start with the Trust’s first boat to be built from scratch.

ScantlingsIt would be a mistake to think that because we have restored and renovated quite a few historic wooden boats, that building a new one from the drawing board would be simple.  Restoration projects mean that there are at least some remains of a structure that can be used to give an idea of what the end result should look like, but without any old photographs or original designs to refer to, a new-build is a little daunting to the inexperienced (that’ll be us then).

aft-wedge-cutSo, last week we took our designs and after discussion with our mentor, Nigel Gray, began to make the ply-wood templates of some of the components.  This was done by pressing tacks along stem-templatethe edges of the design and pushing the ply-wood over these so that the indentations give an exact outline of the drawn shape.    Here the Aft-Wedge is marked out and the ply-wood template made.



The Aft Wedge will be a particularly important part of the build as the propeller shaft will have to pass through it at a critical angle and be wide enough to accommodate the propeller (within the curve above).

A similar process is being carried out for some of the stem pieces and in this way we will produce a set of templates for the main frame and key components.


Meatransomnwhile, the transom has been made from oak without a template.  This is because it is recognised that the precise outline will be very difficult to predict at this stage until the planking and stern pieces are made and in place.



One thought on “The beginning…….”

  1. Lofting is the process of creating large or full size drawings from the scale drawings. In the old days it was it was the transfer of the details from a half model to boards on a loft floor.
    I like the picture in the middle which shows how the outline of a timber is transferred from the lofting to the piece of stock, very traditional.
    Hope you can keep the rain out till you get the roof fixed.

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