Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fore Seats and Seat Backs

One can see where this is going - the aft seat concept in place, it was time to move to the fore seat template and strakes. As for the rear seat, I made a template out of CDX that was lying around and fit it forward. Here's a photo of the port, fore seat template in place and fitting the port strakes:

I threw some old 0.75" plywood I had lying around onto the floors. I was tired of sliding on saw dust into the bilge. The strakes aren't as loopy as the photo makes them out to be. Must be some kind of camera phone distortion going on ... Another shot looking forward:

Everything is being made so it can easily be taken out of the hull for refit, renewal and whatnot. Hence, the reliance on bronze fasteners and seats made in halves. Once the seats are all finished, they'll come out anyway for primary piping runs and setting the boiler. The doors for the feed-water compartment, fore, are also finished. A photo of them will have to wait for another time.

The Coal Bunker

Iona will be fitted with two wing bunkers for coal. Each bunker will be accessed through a bronze deck scuttle. The bunkers carry around 100 lbs of coal. We'll see some day how far that gets us ...

The bunker bulkhead is made out of mahogany marine ply 0.625" thick. The below photo shows it being fitted and mounted with temporary stainless screws. The bronze gates and slides are not yet in place.

I forget whether I mentioned earlier - the steering station is a standard Edson bulkhead mount. We had to re-machine the spindle for an antique wheel out of Greenock on the Clyde.

Once a gate on the bunker is raised, the coal will spill out on the deck plate. Here's another shot:

Helm Station

In the midst of fitting the seat backs, the steering gear was connected for good and the helm station finished. Here is a shot of the gear connected to the bulkhead steering box:

The bottom seat back strake is in place and finished with my interior finish: raw linseed oil, turpentine and pine tar.  A heavenly aroma now fills The Works. Here's another shot of the steering station and gear:

The conduit behind is for 12vdc if we ever go there ... Two other shots of the finished seat backs:

Fitting the Seat Backs

Once I had an idea what the aft seats would look like, I began to fit the seat backs. These are made out of leftover Honduran mahogany planking that was lying around. Here, the mahogany is being fit up:

One can see that the steering gear is not hooked up yet. I had disconnected it while laying the deck. The chestnut piece running between No. 4 and No. 3 stations is a front seat support.

Reclining on Chestnut

After laying the deck, there are a number of things to fit into the hull before the coaming goes on. Also, I had a seat idea that I was anxious to try. You see, it goes like this: The congregation where I served for a number of years removed two front pews for the usual reasons - space for more theatrics, weddings, worship combos, etc. I had reason to believe that the pews were American chestnut since much of the interior is finished in chestnut.

Strapped to the roof of the mini-van, they made their way to the The Works, where they were stripped of cushions and disassembled. (True story: The two front pews were used since time immemorial - well, at least since 1925 - for the assemblage of the Sunday School children; boys on the right; girls on the left. The boys' pew had a reef of used chewing gum on the underside of the bench proper. Girls, of course, would have disposed of their chewing gum in the carefully saved wrapper.) The main seats were edge-glued, contoured chestnut.

A template was fashioned and similar grain of sassafras was used to make up where the chestnut could not extend in width. I am reclining on the port side bench prior to its finishing:

Sunday, July 31, 2016

On Being "Over the Top"

A year and a half on a deck?  Really?!  Yes. Let me explain, though it is indefensible ... They say a picture is worth a thousand words ...

This is the fore deck as I was fitting the king plank. (Pay no attention to the 957 bronze dong - it is merely holding the plank in place.)  All art is indefensible in a world of 24/7 news cycles, starving children and the like. But is has to be created, or else we succumb to the inhumanity of the age ... 

The picture below is the aft deck, with seams caulked.

"What if you spill 20W oil on it?" a colleague (well, Kelly) wonders.  Yes, and the Works could burn down.  Art is always vulnerable. Natural teak is pretty resilient.  This Spring I helped a couple of blokes deliver a yacht with a natural teak deck from Florida to Rhode Island.  While refueling at sea, I spilled some No. 2 on the deck.  (The scuppers were plugged up so none made it to sea - you turtle-huggers can stow your harpoons ...)  The deck was discolored for a half a day, and then returned to its natural bleached tan.  It's okay; teak has been a deck of choice for generations, and I believe it will serve Iona admirably. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cover Board Templates

No, I didn't go to seed ... decking just goes slow. I've also been finishing the engine in between planks. As a tease, here is a recent photo of the engine tops.

There, that got your attention. Now on to the more prosaic job of fitting cover board templates. Here's a shot of the very stern, where the aft quarter cover boards meet the stern king plank. The template material is adhesive opaque shelf paper. It's nice and stiff and I can see my marks through it. It also has handy-dandy grid lines on it. I have it tacked on to the sub-decking with brads. For finer cutting around the joggles, I use an Xacto knife. Of course the proof of the pudding will be to transmit the shape and cut to the planed, expensive teak planks. But this should minimize the error.

Here's a shot of the starboard aft quarter plank template with a little more detail. Like the decking, there is room for a seam relief between the decking and cover board. When I saw these things out, I'll have to strike the balance between not leaving too much proud to work out later and cutting it close. But then, that's finish work everywhere ...

Overnight temperatures in the shop have been 15 F (-9 C), so it's time to move the center of effort back to the shop at work and finish the boiler appurtenances there.