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    dinghy now ready to offer up the newly cut and planned spoilt board


    Spoilt board cramped and screwed in position







    Cutting the front edge of the spoilt board to fit the stem rebate







    Transferring marks off spoilt board on to mahogany board ready to cut out







    My able apprentice cutting out the first of the top planks







    Cut out,now ready to have its edges planed and thickness to the correct size


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    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.



    Making a start on the other side. So next week we will be able to start to fit the plank on the dinghy

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    Hand planing the last side of the port hand top plank and getting it ready to dry fit to the dinghy

    Starting to sand the inside face of the transom



    Sanded back to its unbleached surface and now ready for varnishing



    First coat of varnish and looking good



    Belt sanding plank to get rid of the plane marks



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    Dry fitting the plank , finally got to the top plank, Once these two planks are fitted then can make a start on making and fitting the ribs.

    Fitting well round the moulds



    Now that it is dry fitted time for a coat of thinned varnish

    Making sure to seal the end grain on the plank where it fits the stem.



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    Just giving the top plank a coat of thinned varnish before fitting to the dinghy

    Starting to fix in position




    The apprentice starting to nail plank in place






    Using peg clamps and wedges to fit plank in position







    The apprentice about half way down the port side







    Finally fitted and with a second coat of thinned varnish to finish it off for the day





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    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.





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    Fitting the of the ribs to go in the dinghy


    Using the middle sized steam box for the dinghy as the large steam box would take to long to get steam up for such small ribs


    Bracing the bottom end of the ribs into position on the first two planks next to the keel
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    Fitting the of the ribs to go in the dinghy


    Slowly getting them in position and pressed down in place near the keel

    Using the middle sized steam box for the dinghy as the large steam box would take to long to get steam up for such small ribs


    Four in place just another sixteen to go

    Bracing the bottom end of the ribs into position on the first two planks next to the keel

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    Cut out the plank from the last mahogany board now just planeing down to the lines


    Both the edges now planed and just the faces of the planks to go.


    All planed and now a couple of thinned coats of varnish and then it will be ready to fit

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    Very nice J Star. I am finishing the hull on the inside, to steam the frames in afterwards. You have frames to fit half the hull. I my boat frames to go from one side to the other are specified. Do you have the pro's en cons of your technique, compared to mine?

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    My way of doing the ribs is that in the future if I need to replace any it is a neater job and does not need to do any cut later, and less likely to damage the boat when it gets weaker with age.

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    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





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    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.





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    Hi!
    Just curious, is it tradition or why are you using "half" ribs on build, it is common here to have ribs gunwale to gunwale over keel one length on that sized boat?

    Matti

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    Hi Matti,

    It is my way of doing it and getting good clean lengths of oak is not easy. The dinghy is having a centreboard in so there are not any need for full length ribs in this boat.
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    Default Re: Building a new clinker dinghy over the winter months

    Quote Originally Posted by jstarboats View Post
    Hi Matti,

    It is my way of doing it and getting good clean lengths of oak is not easy. The dinghy is having a centreboard in so there are not any need for full length ribs in this boat.
    Regards

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    Are you putting floors across the keel as well? My Grandfathers herring punt had joggled steamed floors in between the timbers.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Yes I am putting floorbearers across the hull behind and ahead of the centreboard case
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    Very pretty! I was curios about the half ribs as well, your reply makes sense, thanks.

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    Hi Ned,
    pit going to be a fun couple of days getting the ribs steamed in and finished off before getting the gunwales and centreboard made and fitted and then make a start on the rest of the fitting out.
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    The few ribs steamed in



    Cramping the ribs into position







    Tomorrows job to nail them in and then make a start on starboard side







    finally all the port side ribs in position.





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    This shows one side with the ribs all steamed in and ready to be nailed in place



    The only problem which happened was that the second plank down from the sheer strake over night top edge spilt and so will have to remove plank and fit a new plank once all the ribs are nailed in place







    good to see the ribs going in at last and the dinghy stop being a jelly mould







    The brace in the middle is there to push the ribs up against before removing it to fit the ribs on the starboard side up against later.







    Brace removed and the starboard side ribs going in position







    Getting there just a few more nails and roves to go and the next stage can start.





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    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






    and the quarter knees







    Also take a look at making the mast step and mast thwart as well







    Patterns made for the knees and breasthook





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    You're moving along nicely now. Very Pretty!

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    Thanks Ned,
    Yes, she is coming along well at the moment, just fitting her in around other jobs, The next big job is to remove the spilt plank which happened when I steamed the ribs in the aft end on the port side. Bit of a pain, however, it is better to happen now rather than later on when the dinghy was finished. So now it is a matter of making up the gunwales and seat stringers and then make the breasthook and quarter knees and then make the centreboard case.Then make and fit the thwarts and mast thwart and then it may look more like a sailing dinghy.
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    Isn't it amazing how we feel like we can see the end in sight, then we start thinking about all the little things that need to be completed, and then the end looks farther away again. lol. ....... At least each item on the to-do list becomes smaller and smaller.

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    Default Re: Building a new clinker dinghy over the winter months

    However, with two of us working on the dinghy a number of the jobs are getting done quickly, just got to get some more wood to move on to the next stage. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks. It now time to go a work on other people's boats and get some more money to pay for my boat. So let the fun begin.
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    Hi Folks,

    There is not a lot happening at the moment as I am recovering from a bad work related injury which put my right hand out of commission for about a month. Hopefully will be back to work over the next week as soon as I get the all clear from the doctors that I can start work. The pile of boat jobs have been building up and it is going to be a bit of time before I will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel to be able to get on with my own projects such as this dinghy and my classic sailing yacht. However, I will try to make a start on some of the jobs in between other work so at least progress will be made on the projects.

    Also, now the the school holidays are drawing to a close and my son goes back to his boarding school there will be a little more time in the evening after my working day to get some of the work on the small projects done.

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    Should be getting back to this soon and be able to push on and get the rest of the ribs in and the gunwales and seat stringers in and continue the fitting out of the dinghy. So hopefully some new updates coming soon.

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    Getting to grips with the last few ribs that need cliching up


    The inside getting a good clear up so it will be ready to fit the floor bearers and then the floorboards




    Just the last few ribs in the bow to finish off, there is an end to this job sometimes.

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    Making patterns for the bottom of the floor bearers so that a floor can be laid down while working on the inside of the dinghy


    A number of patterns made, now just have to line them up in the boat and mark off the tops


    Using a piece of plywood to work on in the dinghy at the moment, however soon to be replaced with floor bearers and a temporary floor

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    Hi,

    The building on this dinghy as for a while been on the back burner as other projects have had to take priority. However, now that I have got a place under cover to work on this project, it can and will move along and get worked on in the evening over the next few months and hopefully get on the water for the summer. It least that is the plan at the moment , however, as very person knows plans change as time goes by. However ,it would be good to get it finished off and out on the water and sailing.

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    Great news! Thanks for sharing this project with us.

    Mike
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    Hello from Canada. I am ready to start planking, using 3/8 Douglas Fir, in a 14' lapstrake dinghy. My question is about what type of nail to use. Choices include 1" copper rose head nails which are rectangular, round common copper nails, or 1" copper tacks with a tapered shank. I have a clenching iron and have been getting the feel of the process but have not yet bought any nails. Thanks for any advice.

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    Hi
    I was use flat head square shanked nails and roves which is always worked for me over the past 40 years of boat building.

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    Hi Mike,
    I hope to get on with this project ASAP as I need to get this dinghy finished and afloat and being used.

    Regards
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