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Old Mar 13, 2010, 12:51 PM
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How many times have I heard it said that when you retire you wonder how ever you found time to work? The first 3 months were fine but now every week seems to simply evaporate. More soon I hope!
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Old Mar 13, 2010, 03:18 PM
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What a gorgeous piece of work. I am in awe of your talent. Maybe one day when I retire I'll be half as good as you.
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Old Apr 12, 2010, 03:27 PM
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Any inklings on moving on with the Waveney? I apologize for the shamless bump back up to the top, but this build just speaks to me.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 03:24 AM
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Sorry Wilburt, I am sidetracked building a business at the moment So much for retiring at 46!
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 07:57 AM
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That took longer than expected folks, I am now un-retired and back to working 12-14 hour days. However all the tools have been dusted off and I am half way through nailing up the next plank. Progress might not be fast but at least I am back on task.

Lets see if we can get this thread into Scale Sailboats.
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 08:16 AM
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You and I not only share a love of model building, but a name as well. Although I wish we shared the talent you are showing here. Excellent work!
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 09:37 AM
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Thank You Robert, I have come across a few others before but no-one who models too.
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 11:40 AM
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Another cheat; a laminated stem. 10 x 1 mm Oak strips laminated and formed in a jig keeps the grain running the right way and no-one will see it
That's not cheating Robert. That's great craftsmanship and laminating the keel or any other part is perfectly acceptable for me at least. What's cheating is a fiberglass hull that you don't have to plank. This is acceptable too but you don't get the pleasure of building the hull piece by piece.
Looking good here RM so keep the pictures coming. Pete
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 01:55 PM
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Please keep it all comming, We are all learning from your great build.
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 04:16 PM
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Thank you guys. I can't promise a quick build but keep an eye for updates.

Fresh green Oak and Ash has ceased to be a problem, my little boy has grown up to be a Tree Surgeon. All I need to do now is to train him to spot Knees and Stems before wielding the chainsaw too quickly.
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Old Apr 07, 2011, 04:03 PM
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Please, dust this project off, and bring this boat to water.

Your build answered many questions I had about copper fastening. You patience and fastidious attention to detail is truly inspiring!
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Old Apr 08, 2011, 02:12 AM
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Thank you RG. Those are very kind words!
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Old Apr 09, 2011, 11:32 AM
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"kind words" are attracted to you as iron fillings to a magnet....i'm afraid you'll have to suffer being trapped in a cage of kind words forever ....i'm totally incapable of such detailed, careful craftmanship...congrats....
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Old Apr 15, 2011, 12:17 PM
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Wow !

Mr. May, I would like to say how impressive the planking is ! I am only now looking at the sailboats in this group and so only now seeing this build ... I am trying to learn to plank, this looks like the place !I will continue to watch ....
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Old Jun 22, 2012, 12:35 PM
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Back on the project

It has been a while but I am back onto the Waveney! The mast blank has had a couple of years to season and I have had to rescue it from being a "chill out its just a stick" so before I get back to planking I might as well do one of the fun jobs; shaping the mast.
Shaping a round solid mast usually involves cutting the blank to profile and then with a pair of Compasses and battens set about planing it into an Octogon, then a 16-ogon, then a 32-ogon before nipping of the corners and sanding it round. At this scale 14.6mm is not very big for me to attempt to accurately divide up circles into an accurate octogon let alone a 16-ogon. so with a bit of head scratching and inspired by Norm (New Yankee workshop) out came the Proxxon Micro table saw.

An accurate-to scale drawing of the cuts was done on Illustrator which allowed me to Mic' the fence
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