|I have always wanted a sailing
boat, or even a little rowing boat, but never really thought I would
have one Until I found a set of plans on this web site called The One-Sheet Skiff
Herb McLoud in his creation
Here is the guy who
kindly put the plans on the internet so we could all finally take to the
waters with the minimum of fuss. His name is Herb McLoud and I'm very
glad he did. Check his page and plans out at the link above.
I originally wanted to build an Airplane
but my wife said that I could only have an airplane when she gets her
boat.!! HA.!!!! Well, after the successful
launch I watched my wife vanish into the distance, I kind off had the
feeling I was going to be spending allot of time alone, so I set to work
on one for myself. It was built in record time although in my rush I had
made a silly mistake.
Firstly I decided to make it an inch
taller, but that wasn't a problem, when it came to measuring for the cross brace
the instructions said 3' 8.5" and I counted out 38.5" That
meant the cross brace was six inches further forward than it should
have been. BUT it actually turned out rather pleasing, although one of
the gun whales (fir) exploded as I was fitting it due to the extra bend,
quite impressive it was too, I quickly made another from pine as that's
all I had. (I do both sides at a time to balance the stress) And I
had another one in place even before the glue (Liquid nails tub
surrounds) had dried....phew.!! But it was well worth it in the end.
As I required two sheets of ply (10 US$
each) for my taller "10" boat I thought I would make the oars
a little wider too. Mine are 5" wide and made from a couple of
broom handle bought at the flea market for a dollar each. I Used my Skillsaw
to cut a quarter inch slit in each one, (not an easy task with a hand
held) then I inserted the paddle blades and fixed with some
.75cent doweling and wood glue, an ample coating of polyester resin
sealed them nicely.
I bought a car repair fiberglass cloth
and used three tins of polyester resin on each boat. I cut the cloth
into 5 equally wide strips and used two end to end for each side covering the chine
logs and wrapping underneath to cover the screws that hold the bottom
on. And the remainder I used on the joins of the transom and the
stem, I used masking tape at the edges and when the resin had dried I
cut off the excess cloth with a sharp knife and it left a reasonable finish, once the sides
had a coat or two it was barely noticeable to the eye. The remainder of
the resin and cloth was used for the underside. I put a strip at the
back of the keel and anything I had left at the nose, as that would be
the initial impact area when coming back to shore. I think these spots
are going to have to be looked at quite often as after just a few outing
there are more scores underneath than I would like, Maybe I'll add a
couple of strips of wood to take the brunt.!
My Intention was always to fit a mast and
sail, nothing too tall of course and I would be sailing in a very
reclined posture. It would also have to be easily removable. I wanted a
centerboard rather than a leeboard which I plan to fit at an angle to
give me a backrest for when I'm trolling or just anchored ...SPEAKING of trolling.!!
I bought a small trolling motor, I was horrified when I felt the weight,
PLUS I had to buy a marine battery and the weight in that was even more
worrying, but I have to admit, that extra inch in height has really made
this possible and I trolled around one of our many local lakes catching
all sorts of pan fish on a little spinner, absolutely wonderful, I was
in my element.
Later that same day I towed my wife in her OSS
around the lake, fantastic. I am amazed at the amount of people
who comment on the boats, they just love them, it makes me feel very
proud when they ask where I got it and when I say I made it, they really
flip...course you have to keep one eye on the power boaters wakes, but
they are more fun than scary.
And here are
some shots of my little boat
Easy to transport easy to store,
.. we thought the wood finish looked best
I had an Idea for a bread box
too.. I drew out a rough sketch and set about building this thing. I knew
how I wanted it to look but didn't really have any Idea how to construct
it. The final result was exactly what I had in mind, I'm very
pleased with the final results considering I didn't have any plans.
Wife wants a
birdfeeder.. wife gets birdfeeder!! This turned out pretty cool as I
screwed up some measurements (only measured once) I now need to find a way
stop the squirrels stealing the seed.. By the way.. I nearly lost my
thumb making this.. I will refrain from showing the picture, although I do
think it looks pretty cool!
Here are some pics of the project, it's a
Lotus 7. My Father in Law is planning on building a full scale one soon
so this seemed like a nice Idea for a Christmas present.. actually it's
looking so good I will be heartbroken to see it go.!! Just
needs headlights and the windshield and it's done. Made from wood,
an aerosol can and a coat hanger with a few nuts and bolts here and
Here are some shots of the finished product, I
am really pleased with the final result. Again, no plans, just an image in my
head.. although I did eventually find a plan drawing which was really handy
for proportion. Father in law was pleased too.
And I threw in a squirrel feeder for the
Mother in law :o)
I also plan on making a miter saw bench using
the 4'x4' cut off from the bench surfacing
wood.. I only have a rough Idea what I want but have sketched out a plan.. if
it turns out ok I will put the plans on here.
To be continued.....