Thanksgiving is traditionally the time that I am able to re-connect with my boat building projects. The sailing season is pretty much done, though I have not put Cricket, my crab skiff, away for the winter quite yet. I look forward to turkey day and the beginning of the holiday season, for the renewed energy and enthusiasm I always feel at the prospect of some real boat carpentry.
|Cricket in the marsh, tying in a reef. Photo by Chris Bickford.|
Mouse (as I've named the peapod) has been gathering dust for six busy months of fancy interior cabinetry, including two Manhattan kitchens since July, among other projects. I vacuumed her out and started back in where I left off. The interior had been painted, floorboards were installed, and deck beams were fitted. I screwed in the seat risers, and got out the spanish cedar planks that will make up the thwarts and side benches.
|A stack of spanish cedar will become thwarts and side benches.|
|Bandsawing the bevel on a thwart.|
|Patterns are made for the thwart knees.|
|And the knee is sawn from cherry.|
|A boat-full of thwarts and knees. The aft knees have not been sawn to shape yet.|
|A finished knee. The small gaps will close up when the knee is fastened in.|
|Resawing a 12" plank. Piece of cake for this Minimax bandsaw.|
|An extra high particle board fence is slid over the fence casting to facilitate wide resawing projects.|
|Dressing the resawn plank to thickness.|
|Gluing in a slight curve to the side benches.|
|Ready for side benches.|