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D Morris
12-27-2015, 03:58 PM
Working on a NE Dory, was thinking of building my mast and oars. Where would I find plans to do this. I can't imagine it's any harder than building my boat.

Rob540
12-27-2015, 04:59 PM
Working on a NE Dory, was thinking of building my mast and oars. Where would I find plans to do this. I can't imagine it's any harder than building my boat.
You will find a lot of support in this forum (searching old threads etc) and online elsewhere. Maybe a good place to start would be Duckworks they have a good online index of tech. articles and designs. There are good resources there on birdsmouth mast making too, although that method requires a certain level of machinery and tablesaw skill...Depending on the size of your mast and the timber available to you, either a solid mast or a hollow one can be fabricated quite simply from smallish sections readily available. On my Navigator I chose to build all the spars as per plan using Douglas Fir and chose JW's method rather than Birdsmouth and made tapered round hollow spars that work brilliantly without being heavy.
Rob


http://middlething.blogspot.com.au

jpatrick
12-27-2015, 08:57 PM
The search function on this forum isn't too great but if you google search: "birds mouth mast (or whatever)+ wooden boat forum" you will be lead to some good threads.

Jeff

Oldad
12-27-2015, 08:57 PM
Search the forum (box in upper right of screen) tons of threads or oar and spar building.

Hunky Dory
12-27-2015, 09:26 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3-w877jWPA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3-w877jWPA)

5 part video for making a solid spar. very interesting guy location to build.

Jamie Orr
12-27-2015, 10:20 PM
Working on a NE Dory, was thinking of building my mast and oars. Where would I find plans to do this. I can't imagine it's any harder than building my boat.
You're absolutely right, it's both easier and more fun than building the boat.

For a dory mast, probably not more than 3" thick at the partners, you could simply glue two spruce 2x4s together, square them up, cut the tapers on all sides, then make it eight sided, sixteen sides, round it, sand it, rig it up and go sailing.

For straight oars, may I humbly direct you to an old article of mine at http://duckworksmagazine.com/06/howto/oars/index.htm If you want semi-spoons, glue two wide pieces (2x6 or 2x8, or a 1" planks if you can get them) with the glue line horizontal, then cut the concave side so it does NOT reach the glue line. The convex (back) side will cut it but that looks okay. Make templates for blade shape and the curve so both turn out the same. A friend just made a pair this way, first time, turned out really well.

A great reference is Cullers "Boats, Oars and Rowing". For sewng the leathers go to Paul Gartside's website and look in his FAQs.

Cheers,

Jamie

Dave Gray
12-28-2015, 12:03 AM
Another source for oar plans is The WoodenBoat Store. I used these to make oars out of ash.

capefox
12-28-2015, 12:14 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3-w877jWPA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3-w877jWPA)

5 part video for making a solid spar. very interesting guy location to build.

+1 on this video. Following his advice and others, I built was able to build a 20 ft hollow mast.

D Morris
12-28-2015, 12:27 AM
Thanks everyone, I did do a quick search but obviously didn't look hard enough.

Andrew2
12-28-2015, 01:44 AM
For a slightly different take on a mast and exceptional workpersonship, look at suzyj's thread on building a Navigater.
While many use a table saw for birdsmouth, I found a table mounted router with a simple 45 jig worked for all three spars on my gunter rig.
A2

Oh, and Michael Storer has free oar plans from his Goat Island Skiff website.

Thorne
12-28-2015, 09:03 AM
I did it the easy way -- epoxied two nice DF 2x4's together then shaped into an oval to make a mast, and cut my Culler-style oars from a single chunk of spruce, no gluing required.

http://www.luckhardt.com/dory1.html

bluedog225
12-28-2015, 09:45 AM
Welcome. Oars were my first project when I got here. They are on my living room floor right now getting new leather.

Lot to be said for a simple solid mast from 2x4 stock. My first one took 2 weeks. The second took 2 days.

Reynard38
12-28-2015, 10:25 AM
Made the spars for the Coquina. Hollow Birdsmouth for the mainmast. If you've got a good table saw and router table it's really pretty easy and fun. Lee Valley tools sells a birds mouth bit for the router.

Clinton B Chase
12-28-2015, 11:25 AM
http://www.thewoodenboatschool.com/related-crafts/oar-making.php

Andrew2
12-28-2015, 01:22 PM
I forgot to add that if clear long stock is a problem, scarfing laths for birdsmouth feels a bit more comfortable than scarfing just two planks for a simple laminate mast. I know that a good 12:1 scarf is as strong as the stock, But......

denisag2
12-28-2015, 01:54 PM
Oars - CLC Boats has a nice set of plans for 7 to 10 ff Culler type oars.
Built a pair of 8ft oars (wh. Pine) a few years ago from the plans, and totally enjoy them.

D Morris
01-02-2016, 04:48 AM
Great info, can't wait to finish the dory and start on this. I just figure if I'm going through process of building the boat from scratch I might as well do all of it.