August 04, 2004

"skeleton" almost finished

The blocks and risers are screwed to the strongback (picture), and now I've clamped the stations in place (picture).

Again, great pains for perfect alignment-- but, no such luck. No matter how careful I am about placing these wood pieces, something always ends up not quite right -- like (for instance) the screw "walks" itself into a new position when I try to drill a piece down, and then the part-hole that was made is now the only place that screw will go, never mind how hard I try to hold or clamp the wood in place. Or, somehow the pre-drilled hole I made in one piece ends up misaligned with the space in another, so the pieces won't go together unless they're shifted off of where I wanted them. Trying to drill a new hole too close is always a bad idea, but I tried it anyway a couple times, and made a big mess of the bow-end riser (that poor, abused piece of wood is the same one I tried with the saw earlier).

After clamping all the stations in place, I ran a bow-stern line across the keel and the right sheer lines. First glance shows some millimeter-scale mis-matches from station to station, and I do not know enough to judge whether this is not such a big deal or a potential show-stopping problem.

I hope that the inevitable imperfection of the kayak skeleton doesn't cause major problems later.But I am trying to learn to relax and not expect myself to be perfect on this. I think the kayak will still turn out sea-worthy. :-)

The finished product for tonight: it's starting to actually look like a boat, even if the first piece of the boat hasn't even been laid yet. :-)

Posted by mel at August 4, 2004 01:39 AM

Well, it does indeed look like a boat!

It reminds me of pictures I've seen of Viking boats
in museums.

Would it help to think of this as your "first"
kayak project? It's the one you are doing to learn how to do the next one?

You'd probably better not try that idea out
on your housemates.

Posted by: Bob at August 4, 2004 11:00 AM

Mmm...yeah, Adam is pretty laid-back, but implications that you might be building a second Viking longboat may scare him a bit. ;)

Posted by: akp at August 8, 2004 09:33 PM


Kayak building and our "Hina" doll repair project -- both requires millimeter-scale matches, but very different results will come out of the painstaking processes.



p.s. I would like more pictures, please.

Posted by: at August 13, 2004 07:58 AM

This is a neat page, Melissa! A real journal of progress and memories for you and us too. Have fun with it.

Posted by: mom at August 15, 2004 07:35 PM
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