I'm two years into a six month build, and there's no guarantee that it will ever end, or end successfully, but someone asked me to make a build thread here.
I'm building a SCAMP, designed by John Welsford and produced/promoted by the Small Craft Advisor folks. I've previously built a cedar strip racing rowing scull under the tutelage of Graeme King, and that works well. People that know me, and what I'm (in)capable of, were astounded. Me too.
[IMG]scamp-065 by brucemoffatt, on Flickr[/IMG]
This Scamp is a little bit unusual but not so much that you'd flinch. Any materials I could scrounge, I've scrounged, and I've lashed out and bought what I have to. I'm building it in a tiny tin shed which only just has room for Romana, some tools and me. We have some interesting times coming up when I roll her over and work on her bottom for a while.
A couple of interesting things that might illustrate my approach. So far I've used four kinds of plywood: Australian plantation hoop pine ply, Malaysian cheap rubbish, Malaysian more expensive OK ply, and some home made Western Red Cedar panels for things like the fore deck, cuddy top and sides. The timbers I've used so far include Pauwlonia, WRC, Douglas Fir, Spruce, Hoop Pine, Celery Top Pine and Huon Pine. I have some Teak for rubbing rails later on.
I'm at the stage of having all the planks attached to the frame and I'm looking at what I will have to do next that will allow me to work on the underside, including screwing and gluing the skegs on. I'm not going to be happy just to glue them on, so a slight change to the building instructions is being done.
I have a well used waily chair which only just fits in the shed with us.
Romana has, after two years of being in a relationship with me, somewhat of a personality. She has her own Facebook page and would welcome new 'likes' if you swing the FB way.
Enough words for now.
Bruce in Largs, South Australia