Job List for 1 August

First, where we’re at just now.

Last week we got most of the jobs on the list done and also found time to chat to the Kilmelford folk.

Construction of the building base went well, with the legs fitting the floor nicely and leaving only the wee two foot box to be done. (The fairies didn’t turn up later to finish it as they’d gone to Jura.)

It’s beginning to look like an mdf caterpillar, which might be its new name.

The 36 plank pieces are pretty well done.

Almost done was the heroic work of cutting out the mould and frame pieces, a much bigger job than anticipated.

This Wednesday we can:-

Complete the Caterpillar

Complete the wee third box, fine tune everything, then glue everything in place.

Finish the Mould and Frame Pieces

Cut off the webs, smooth the frame sections for assembly.

Cut the cross-spalls, dry fit everything for assembly next week once the caterpillar is done.

Prepare the Laminating Board and Brackets

The stem patterns need to be marked onto the board, then the stiffening pieces screwed to the back.

The brackets need to be cleaned of old tape and epoxy, then positioned and bolted to the base

Tools and stuff report:-

We now have a good supply of sandpaper, parcel tape for protecting edges from glue and a set of digital scales.

Catching Skiff Fever

 Most important on 25 July was the visit from the Kilmelford folk who are now enthused about having their own skiff, aiming to have their project in place to use our moulds when they become free later this year. Melfort of course is a translation from the Norse for a soft, or mellow, firth, where a mere thousand or so years ago the Vikings dragged their boats ashore and the place is almost made for skiffing.

 In general our inshore lochs, with plenty of sheltered stretches and occasional interesting ones are far better suited to coastal rowing than the East coast, where you face the North Sea as soon as you leave harbour. Ideally we want to see skiffs rowing out from all of our mid-Argyll centres from Lochgilphead  Ardfern and Craobh Haven to Kilmore, Oban and further North, with the bigger places putting out two or more.

 Scottish Coastal Rowing has to be one of the finest community projects to come about in recent years. Everyone has a chance to become involved, whether by doing a bit of building, oar-making or painting, through to rowing either recreationally or competitively, not to speak of the background organisation and the website, graphics and publicity. Buying a share entitles one to absolutely nothing and equally it’s not necessary to buy one to take part.

 To date the regattas and events, with varying courses for different groups of rowers, have been spectacular and attracted huge crowds, with obvious benefits for local businesses.

 Anyone interested is welcome to come round to Seil on Wednesday nights and catch the bug.

Job List for 25 July

First, where we’re at just now.

We’ve made a good start with getting most of the parts for the building base (must stop calling them the coffins) cut out and the sides assembled. These need to be completed and fitted.

The 36 plank pieces have been marked and cut from their sheets and the other parts marked for cutting.

Nick H sourced some fine Douglas Fir for the keel and hog, which has now been machined and thicknessed. On his next trip he’ll get hold of timber for the laminating strips for the stems.

This Wednesday we can:-

~ Complete the Coffins

~ Assemble all three, then trim the legs to fit the floor, check that everything is square and level and shim the legs as required for gluing. May get these glued as well, but if not this will be done by the fairies during the week.
 
(Meantime the mould pieces can be cut out, cleaned up and set aside to go on the base in due course)

~ Finish the Plank Pieces; they’re basically fine but need a little sanding and checking over.

~  Prepare the Laminating Board and Brackets

~ The stem patterns need to be marked onto the board, then the stiffening pieces screwed to the back.

~ The brackets need to be cleaned of old tape and epoxy, then positioned and bolted to the base

Tools and stuff needed:-

~ a laser level or similar would be wonderful. There’s a spirit level onsite.
~ a jigsaw or two, and a fine sharp saw or a Japanese pullsaw. There’s one of the latter onsite, but a second would speed us up.
~ sandpaper.

 

Building Team Meetings Wednesdays – starting this week 11/07/2012

In order to get the build up and running and to let people know what is happening and when different processes are planned could all those interested in helping please  meet at Nick Hunter’s shed on Wednesday evenings,  starting at 6.30pm, this week – 11th July.

(If 6.30 is too early don’t worry, just turn up when you can).

Hopefully these will be regular practical meetings when things can be done and work carried forward through the week on days that suit individuals.

52 shares of the 64 have now been sold.