The Mai-Star Class is cleared out ready for a coat of primer before the coating system is applied
First complete coat of primer on all the bare wood on the inside now it is ready
Looking forward over the transom, just one small job in the bow a few short ribs to steam into position
The dinghy also ribbed out just the fron few to do when I get my next green oak shipment
Time to take a look at the plans and see what can be done while waiting for my next timber shipment
Making patterns for the breasthook
Also take a look at making the mast step and mast thwart as well
Patterns made for the knees and breasthook
It is now time to start to think about putting the ribs in and then the breasthook and transom knees in and then the gunwales
Just this last mould station to remove and the technical bit of fitting the inside of the dinghy out with all its seats centreboard etc…
A large space at the moment but it will not take long to fill up with the parts needed to make it into to a sailing dinghy.
Finally all the nails are in and done now comes the fun bit steaming in the ribs.
Finally the last plank is now being fitted
The final rebate being cut and the plank being fitted to the stem
The first of the moulds been removed as the plank is nailed in place.
The second mould now removed and
finally the lot are removed to leave a big void to fill with centreboard case and seats and mast step
Looking up towards the stem after four of the twenty ribs have been steamed into position
The job was to get the last piece of green oak I had around and plane it to thickness ready to cut it up to the correct size.
There is the plank all cut up and put through the thicknesser ready to have the edge bevelled ready to get fitted
Halfway through the bundle of ribs just another ten more to go.
Almost there now ready to steam them in next week.
Now that the plank had been cut out of the mahogany board it was time to plane the plank down to its witness pencil marks
The apprentice hard at work getting his first taste of doing this job.
After he had planed the edges down to the witness marks, it was time for him to start to plane the faces of the planks to get rid of the saw mills cutting marks.
About half way done on the first side just about 6 feet left to do on this side before turning it over to do the other side.
Almost done on the first side
Making a start on the other side. So next week we will be able to start to fit the plank on the dinghy