HMS Warrior 1781

October 31, 2008

waterline marking jig mod

Filed under: Vol. 2 — admin @ 3:34 pm

I modded my waterline marking jig that I posted about yesterday.  I drilled a 3/32″ hole above the pencil hole for a 3/32″ steel rod (pointed on one end) to be inserted so that the jig can also be used for taking measurements or scribing.  You can also hang a level off the back end to check if it is level.

I originally drilled a 1/16″ hole for a brass rod that I had laying around, but it was a little too “bendy”  Steel works much better.

October 30, 2008

Waterline marking jig

Filed under: Vol. 2 — admin @ 9:05 pm

Amati makes a waterline marking jig, I figured I could make one cheaper out of scrap wood and hardboard.

a couple of carriage bolts, washers, a wing nut, and a locking nut keep the movable slide in place:

A little brass screw in the side of the pencil holds it in place:

I took an old wooden ruler, ripped in it half on the table saw, thinned down the halves to 3/64″ in the thickness sander and then glued them in place; inches on one side, centimeters on the other.  Make sure to cut off an appropriate amount from the bottom of the ruler halves to account for the height of the blocks at the bottom of the jig.   🙂

Milling ebony

Filed under: Vol. 2 — admin @ 8:24 pm

I milled down one of my ebony sticks today, originally it was 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 24″.  I cut 4 strips 1/4″ thick plus one strip 5/64″ on the band saw.

I milled these down to 7/32 and 3/64 respectively in the thickness sander.  I then took one of the 7/32 strips and cut it down to three pieces 7-8″ long, each of these I then cut into strips that were 4/64″ thick (on the Byrnes table saw).  I then milled these down in the thickness sander to an even 3/64″.  From one of the 7/32 x24″ strips I was able to get 37 strips that 3/64′ X 7-8″, plus 10 pieces that were a little too thin in parts (but may still be usable).

If I mill down another 2 of the 7/32 x 24″ strips, I’ll still have a LOT of ebony left over, more than enough.  Ebony stinks when you cut it – somewhere between a beer belch and vomit.  But hey it kept the family out my workshop all night.  🙂

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 28, 2008

Making jigs

Filed under: Vol. 2 — admin @ 9:16 pm

The practicum has you make several jigs to aid in planking the hull, basically they are a series of wood planks with a “grill” on them so that you can suspend spales and bits of wood to hold planks in place as the glue sets.

I made the jigs today – there are no explicit plans for these, just a few vague pix.  I over-engineered them.

To make the grills, I milled out a few strips of wood and then mortised everything together.

I then glued the grills to the main pieces of wood.  There are 4 jigs, two that attach to the sides of the construction box and run the full length of the hull, there are two smaller jigs that mount on the construction board surface at an angle for the bows of the ship

Here are two of the finished jigs:

And attached to the construction frame (with a spale in place to show how they work):

There is another set of jigs for the other side of the hull.

Looking at the side jigs, they are very close to the hull and may make getting in there to attach the planks difficult – I’m not so sure how much I’ll use them, but oh well, they were a project while waiting for my wood shipment to arrive.

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!!!

Stern timbers

Filed under: Vol. 1 — admin @ 7:13 pm

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


Filed under: Vol. 1 — admin @ 2:25 pm

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:

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