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    Default Fenwick Williams catboat tub toy

    Three years ago I made this, based very loosely on the Dark Harbor 17, for my niece who was five at the time,

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    Now that her little sister is five sheís been asking me for a boat of her own. I figured a catboat already has toy like proportions and with lots of downtime for drying on my currant project at work I got started.

    Bass, figured maple and walnut sandwiched between two molds. The top half of the mold will be shaped to form the cabin.

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    Doublestick tape to adhere blank to mold so I can cut the waterline.

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    I used a micrometer to transfer dimensions to the blank.

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    Band sawed to a rough shape and refined Port with the edge sander. Used this to make a paper pattern to refine starboard.

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    I will probably have time to lay up some cherry for the under water bit of the hull tomorrow. Itís hard not to let this distract me from paying work and my nieceís birthday isnít until November.

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    Default Re: Fenwick Williams catboat tub toy

    Lucky little girls!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Default Re: Fenwick Williams catboat tub toy

    Got a little time in the shop today. I ripped some cherry to a scale 3Ē and cut the waterlines.

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    Cut out the keel profile and rudder and notched it into the transom. Stacked it all together to make sure it looks right.

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    I glued up each side separately. Iíll do a rough shape and glue it to the keel.

    When I made the Dark Harbor I did it mostly by eye. With this catboat Iím keeping it really close to scale. I even had to do a crude lofting to get the outline right. I feel like I get to know the fine points of the hull shape in a way I never could starring at lines plans. This is one hull Iíd hate to plank.

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