HMS Warrior 1781

October 29, 2008

Wood shipment arrives

Filed under: misc — admin @ 8:01 am

I ordered some unmilled wood from Griffin Exotic Wood last week and it arrived today (less than a week), nice.  🙂

2 pieces of Gabon ebony, 1.5″ x1.5″ x 24″ – good color, heavy.

3 pieces of American Holly, 2″ x 2″ x 12″

2 pieces of Turkish Boxwood, 1″ x 1″ x 10″

The Holly I bought as an experiment to see what it is like, holy cow is this stuff white,  At first I thought it was painted. It is lighter (in weight) than I thought it would be and very fine-grained.   I think will use it for the decks, but I’ll need to mill some of it out first.  Maybe carvings….. I dunno…..

I bought the Turkish Boxwood also as an experiment.  Real European boxwoods are hard to find here in the USA, it’s expensive and usually cut in small blanks or half logs.  I really just wanted to see how it compares to the Castello “South American Boxwood” (which isn’t real boxwood at all) that I already have.  The Turkish stuff is a yellowy-green with a more pronounced grain.  The Castello is more of tan color and even-grained.  I think I’ll go ahead and use the Castello for hull planking and the Turkish stuff for carvings.  ……. unless I can find a half log somewhere……..  I’ve become a wood junkie…   🙂

OK, next up, milling ebony….in a day or two…..

October 21, 2008

Milling wood

Filed under: misc,Vol. 2 — admin @ 11:32 am

I am experimenting with milling my own wood for volume 2.  I bought a Ryobi 9″ bandsaw last year and had fiddled around with milling wood at that time, but the blade was so thin (errr, cheap), that I couldn’t get it to cut a straight line (cuts were very wavy). There was also a significant drift of about 30 degrees.  I gave up. Recently, I ordered a new custom made Timberwolf blade from PS Wood Machines, the teeth on this blade are all ground and not milled out like on cheaper blades and holy cow is this thing great.  In a few experiments over the weekend with some scrap plywood and oak I was able to resaw 1-2″ thick pieces into strips about as thin as 3/64 with no problem – against the rip fence and with absolutely no drift.  Nice, very nice.  I have gone ahead and ordered some boxwood and ebony to do a little bit more experimenting.  It looks like milling my own wood is now a real possibility.  There is real satisfaction (if not monetary relief) in this.

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…..

Filed under: misc,Vol. 1 — admin @ 7:29 pm

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!!!

October 13, 2008

Wing transom

Filed under: misc,The beginning,Vol. 1 — admin @ 10:17 am

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 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:

August 25, 2007

My next project………

Filed under: misc — admin @ 11:34 am

Earlier this month we spent a week of vacation in northern California along the coast; Moro Bay, Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Monterrey, San Jose, San Francisco. It was a great time and a welcome break from the 100 degree weather we have here in August in the Midwest.

It was in Moro Bay that I found the subject of my next project:

click the picture for a better view.

She’s a real beauty ain’t she? ……..Ouch………… it hurts just to look at that thing.  Is that Captain Quint driving it?  🙂

July 12, 2007

New category added

Filed under: misc,screw ups — admin @ 10:26 pm

I added a new category called  “screw ups” tonight.  If you click it, it will take you to all the posts where I clearly show the world what a ham-fisted idiot I can be…….. and hopefully prevent someone else from doing the same.

What’s that quote……..”better to remain quiet and be thought a fool than to speak up and prove it”?

I hate quotes.


June 26, 2007

Back to work – cutting frames, more books

Filed under: Frames,misc,Vol. 1 — admin @ 11:26 pm

Well, after about a 3 week hiatus from working on the ship, my life is once again quiet and slow enough to get back to it. I spent the night cutting out frames and now have 17 of the flat frames cut out. I couldn’t resist dry fitting some of them into the jig to see how things look so far, cool if you ask me (but who’s asking):

I also got a few more books for the library (I’m on a book roll, and there’s still a few more coming):

Deane’s Doctrine of Naval Architecture, edited by Brian Lavery

The Art of Ship Modeling, by Bernard Frolich

This last one is a translation to English from the original French and it is absolutely amazing. The French ship modelers are creating true works of art. This book is expensive, but worth every penny. Gorgeous stuff.

June 22, 2007

Another book……

Filed under: misc — admin @ 4:23 pm

I picked up a copy of “Building the Wooden Fighting Ship” by James Dodds and James Moore

It’s a little dated, but still a fun read.

I have a few more books on order that should be coming in over the next few days (hopefully…….)

I also added a “recommended reading page” that lists some of the books I am using for reference in this project. Take the link to the right under “pages



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