HMS Warrior 1781

October 21, 2008

Replying to comments

Filed under: misc,Vol. 1,Vol. 2 — admin @ 11:18 am

I am sorry if I missed anyone’s comments over the past few months, I had 491 spams blocking up the comments section.  They are now cleared out (and I hope

I didn’t accidentally delete a real post along with them).

Thanks to all of the folks who have left comments in the past and hopefully will again in the future.


October 15, 2008

End of volume 1, thoughts…..

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Well, that’s it, I finally finished Volume 1.  It would have been done sooner but I took an 8 month hiatus from building – life just seems to get in the way sometimes.  There is a real sense of accomplishment and relief here though.  When you start a project like this you never know how far you’ll actually get.  I strayed from the good Reverend’s recommended methods on a number of occasions – ok, some of his methods just didn’t make any sense to me -applied tenons f’rinstance – and others just seemed wasteful – rubber cementing a million copies of frame patterns – or unnecessary – applying the ships lines to the hull  to check my sanding – or I just found a better way of doing things for me.  I would say though, that you need to read ahead (if not read the whole volume before beginning any construction), because there are a few instances where he contradicts himself or explains the process better later on (sometimes with pictures) that you might miss, but for the most part his instructions are good and work well.  On to Volume 2…….  Yeeha!!!

Stern timbers

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Not too much to say here, I cut the stern frame timbers out, trimmed them to fit and glued ’em in.  The moulding notches will need to be faired to the correct curve, but that can come later when I actually make the molding.


and installed:

and from the inside:

October 14, 2008


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Next up is making the keelson. The keelson is the “inner keel”, it lies inside the ship on top of the frames and stabilizes the frames and strengthens the whole structure from the inside. Here again I differed a little bit from the practicum.  The Rev. has you cut the keelson into 3 scarfed pieces and has you apply boxing pieces to the bottom of the keelson to fit between each frame.  I tried it this way, but I kept knocking the boxing pieces off and lining everything up to fit was near impossible for me.  I ended up just inserting and gluing the boxing pieces individually between the frames and then gluing the keelson on top.  I ended up at the same point as if I had done it his way.

The parts of the keelson (without boxing pieces):

Not much to see here, but pieces 1,2 are installed and piece 3 of the keelson (the middle portion) waiting to be glued in:

Finished keelson:

Sanding again

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Gawd I hate sanding.  Now that the transoms are installed, it was time to sand again.  The Rev. has you build two jigs for transferring the ships lines from the plan to the hull (by stretching strings between the jigs at the level of the lines and then drawing them in. He then has you cut the ships lines from plywood to check the actual lines against the hull and what you have sanded. (Have I confused you?)  What I learned was I really didn’t need to do this step.  When I transferred my lines and checked them against the hull, what I found was that my sanding was pretty much dead on already.  It was an academic exercise but not really necessary (at least in my case).

I made the jigs pretty much as described in the practicum, but it seemed to me to be a waste of time and wood to cut the ships lines from plywood.  I cut them out of a piece of foamboard with a scalpel, it took about 5-10 minutes and worked great.

Unfortunately I don’t have any pix of the jigs and lines in action (couldn’t find the camera at the time), but here is is a picture of them afterward.

October 13, 2008


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The Transoms fill the space between the wing transom and the keel.  Here they are all cut out and awaiting shaping:

transom 6:

The port side transoms being glued in place with spacer blocks, transom number 6 at the top is only very roughly shaped at this point, I had a difficult time wrapping my head around the shape of this piece until I glued it in place.

The finished transoms after final sanding on the hull, a Black and Decker Mouse sander with 80 and 120 grit sandpaper worked great for this (note that the wing transom has been trimmed to the hull):

An inside view prior to fairing (with poor lighting):

Fairing these from the inside is difficult and I again found scrapers to be the best option for this.

Wing transom

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The wing transom sits on top of frames 52 and the inner sternpost and defines the upper limit of the stern hull framing.  It has a series of mortices cut into it for the upper stern frame timbering.  I bought a little millling machine a few years back and decided to (finally) use it to cut the mortises.  Not really knowing anything about milling I jumped in…… it didn’t turn out so well.  So I decided ‘nuts, I’ll just cut  them with the table saw’, this worked perfectly.  Here’s the first one I did, with the replacement ready to be cut:

With mortises cut:

Finished wing transom from the top:

and the bottom:

And installed. I had to flatten out the middle portion a little bit to accommodate for the sternpost rabbet.  The overhanging ends will be trimmed down with the next hull sanding:

October 8, 2008

Updated post

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I updated my original post (from way back in January) on finishing the stern cant frames and hawse timber with pictures.  Here’s a link to the post, Enemy Me

October 7, 2008

An old post out of place, construction stand

Filed under: misc,Vol. 1 — admin @ 11:49 am

Again more catch up here.  I found a cache of pix I never uploaded and documented, so here goes.

I built the construction stand as recommended in the practicum and boy am I glad I did, it just makes everything so much more convenient.  I wish I’d done it sooner.  I used the basic design but modified it a little bit.  Instead of screwing the support brace  in place I fastened it in treadle style with removable oak pegs so I could disassembe the stand later if I needed to (or use it for other narrower projects):

I also drilled holes every 45degrees so I could index the angle I wanted to hold the ship at:

The final construction:

Initial sanding finished

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I’m playing a little “catch-up” here.  I finished the initial sanding of both the interior and exterior surfaces of the ship.  Here’s what I learned:  I hate sanding.  :-)   a square palm sander works best on the outside, start with 60 80 grit and sand the whole side at once, focus sand with higher grade paper only.  Be sure to tape off all areas that you don’t want sanded with several layers of masking tape.  I guarantee you will bump up to these areas.  For close sanding up against the keel, a Proxxon pen sander works nicely (and better than I thought it would).    The interior is a completely different story, it is cramped, narrow, and the surfaces are concave.   Gently curved cabinet scrapers worked the best for me, my big palm sander was too large to fit the interior curves, but a [triangular] mouse sander with a detailing tip also worked well.  Whatever you use, it will be tedious.  Prepare yourself.  It is also a huge mess.

sanding warrior

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