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    I saw a post the other day lamenting that nobody's posting threads about building "big" boats in real wood anymore. As a millennial who's gotten quite a bit of helpful advice and inspiration out of many of the "big build" threads of the past, here's my attempt to help change that.

    This is Astraea, a Hess Falmouth 30. Double-sawn black locust frames (glued with resorcinol and hand-beveled) on an Angelique backbone. Sawn Angelique floors (with cast Silicon bronze under the mast step). Planking will be carvel using flatsawn Alaskan Yellow Cedar. Lead ballast. Backbone is fastened with 1/2" bronze rod, threaded at the ends. Planking fasteners will be copper rivets.

    I'm currently working my way aft through the frames; will post more updates as progress warrants.





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    This looks fun!
    Last edited by 3sheets; 03-22-2017 at 10:35 PM.

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    Quite a project! I, for one, will be very interested in following along. Thanks for sharing with Us!
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    Wow.

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    Wow! Great! Sawn locust on angelique sounds just about perfect.

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    I'm definitely signing up to follow this one. Looks fantastic!

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    Fantastic def following. Thanks for posting and that 2nd pic is a ripper.

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    Thank you for taking the time to document for us !
    editor sought , untill found i apologize for the grammer and spelling

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    Looking forward to following this one ...big time! Great pics also. Keep 'em coming.
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    Go Keck314 Go!

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    Thanks for this, we'll be watching !
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    Art photos are fun, but real boat porn is in focus! More technical photos please ,and human anechdotes !!!

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    YESSS!!! Just the sort of thread we all love to read. Subscribing to this one as well. Tell us more as Bruce said.
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    I've heard a bit about this project from your dad but it's nice to be included first-hand. Looks fantastic so far.



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    Excellent! Please post as much as possible.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Yeah, this will be good. Lyle Hess sure could draw a boat. Hopefully it's not too difficult to get it out of the yard when it's finished!

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    Nice. I'll be following your progress.
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    the real deal! following with interest

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    Lyle (and Larry) would both have been pleased to see this fine work. I an looking forward to watching your progress.

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    Fantastic!!

    It looks like you are building her out in the open? No doubt that’d add another level of challenge to the project - how do you go with the weather where you are?
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    Great!

    I was following your blog, but you stopped posting. I was afraid that you had stopped. Good to see the progress.

    Kenny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    Fantastic!!

    It looks like you are building her out in the open? No doubt that’d add another level of challenge to the project - how do you go with the weather where you are?

    edited to add: I just found your blog and see the answer to my question about the weather (great blog by the way!!):

    Larks

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    Agreed - great blog.

    http://astraea-ascending.blogspot.com/

    Now I have something new to read. Excellent!

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    Looks good, thanks for bringing it here.

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    Thank you for sharing, and thank you for existing, a millennial? as in your teens or 20s? That is so encouraging to see. How did you avoid the lure of touchscreen phone bliss?
    Doing an old school build like this without ply, well, I'm an instant fan.

    I plan on doing something similar with northern white cedar,
    I'm still learning, and it seems like a never ending rabbet hole

    Proceed posthaste

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    edited to add: I just found your blog and see the answer to my question about the weather (great blog by the way!!):
    Hah! I could get away with that when it was just a backbone. These days I've clamped a "roof" of corrugated tin over the cross-spalls to protect it from all but the most horizontal of rainstorms. It ain't the prettiest, but it's doing the job and besides, given where I live, there's no way the county would ever let me put up a bowshed, alas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by minuteman View Post
    Great!
    I was following your blog, but you stopped posting. I was afraid that you had stopped. Good to see the progress.
    Haven't stopped, I just haven't felt like incremental progress on the framing of the hull warrants a full post. Once the framing's done, I'll definitely write something about that whole process! This place, however, is ideal for incremental updates, so prepare for more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirc View Post
    Thank you for sharing, and thank you for existing, a millennial? as in your teens or 20s? That is so encouraging to see. How did you avoid the lure of touchscreen phone bliss?
    30s, actually. The millennial generation was originally defined by the high school graduating class of 2000, so there are quite a few of us who don't necessarily look the part! As for smartphones...I avoid them by not owning one.

    Anyhow, thanks everyone for your support and kind words. I'm off to make dinner right now, but I plan on gluing up the port side of F10 tonight so I can take advantage of this weekend's good weather to rout it to shape*.


    *I've got plywood patterns for each frame, picked up off the lofting, and once the stock is glued up oversize I use a pattern-following router bit to shape them to their appropriate curve (but square in section when viewed along their length). The bevel angles on the aft face of the frame are then converted into linear offsets on the forward face using trig, and I mark the resulting points at each waterline. Connect the dots using the plywood pattern as a French curve, check for fairness, and take the excess off with plane and spokeshave. It works!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstevens View Post
    Agreed - great blog.

    http://astraea-ascending.blogspot.com/

    Now I have something new to read. Excellent!


    You know, I really have to clean the shop up tonight. Tired of tripping over boat parts and raising clouds of dust only to watch them settle on recently varnished bits of boat....and into the interior of the half restored Vanagon taking up way too much space. A well written blog about a super cool build was not on my schedule at all!

    This is going to be a sweet project to watch unfold.
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    Johnathon, I had a CBF moment when I went to the shed today, so I spent a very enjoyable hour reading your blog and now I'm going to complete " a very small task, no matter how small" just because you've so inspired me.

    BTW your boat name may be pronounced how we talk about our country. Australians may be the only people who "get" this.

    I have to compliment you on your writing skills, can't wait til next blog entry.

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    Kiwi's also would pick up on the name and it's relation to how some Austrayans pronounce their country.
    I checked the location of the build and surmised it wasn't connected.
    What is the goddess of innocence and purity doing messing around boats?

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    Johnathon, what do you do for a living to have all this time to work on Astraea? I'm a military man and can't find nearly enough time to do the work I want to do on my boat projects and here you've got a fine craft framed traditionally in very short order. Well done sir.
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    Hah! I never even considered the semi-homophony with the land down under. My boss is Australian, but she definitely doesn't pronounce her country's name like that!

    I certainly don't want to give the impression that I've pulled this together with incredible speed. I work full-time, and it's taken me three years to get to this point!

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    Are you going to tell us what plans you have for fitting her out? Auxiliary propulsion, electrical power, solar, wind turbines etc.?
    If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
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    F10, ready for glue-up:




    Glue applied, clamps tight.


    Its twin, via the same method. The glue joints in the lapping piece will be backed up with rivets running fore-and-aft:

    Last edited by keck314; 03-27-2017 at 10:37 AM.

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