Saturday, September 4, 2010

Decked from stem to stern

A milestone reached today. The last ribs in place and the last deck plank nailed down.


I thought this last section would be plain sailing - rectangular area, and 8' long so most of the planks wouldn't even need cutting to length - but I should know better than to be too cocky. This last bit of decking put up a fight and took me all afternoon.

It started off hopefully enough. Once I'd cut the middle planks around the masts and nailed them in place, I measured the remaining gap across the width. It looked like I'd struck lucky and ended up with an exact multiple of plank widths. Once I started laying them out, though, I realised I had to chisel out notches along the sides to allow the side planks to snug into the ribs, and then I still had to plane 1/8" off two planks (one each side) to squeeze them in.

Planing a strip off an 8' plank isn't difficult, but it is time consuming. Anyway, I finished with a tight fit, which is good because I know from experience that they are likely to shrink a bit over time.

9 comments:

  1. My goodness, that is one fine looking ship. I almost have to wonder if it's sea worthy! Great job, Ian. Hope the kids enjoy it.

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  2. David, you are not the first to suggest that we might actually put to sea in it. Ali says we are all set for the next flood :-)

    Lots of cosmetic touches still to do, but Megan already said that once that decking was done she didn't really care if I didn't do any more work on it. All the same, I want to finish it off nicely for my own satisfaction.

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  3. Wow, I mean, wow! I want one! Me! Me! Me! Aww, this sucks ... I wish someone I knew was making a pirate ship.

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  4. Very nice! Makes me almost wish I was a kid again... but then I'd have to find my way to your place and play quietly so I didn't get found out... and its hard to be a quiet authentic pirate without being a dead one. ;)

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  5. Hi Shannon, thanks for dropping by. I'm Ian. pleased to meet you. There...now you can say that someone you know is making a pirate ship ;-)

    Jean, you are welcome to visit any time you are up in the north-west corner of the continent. I have to warn you that Megan has claimed the role of Elizabeth Swann. That leaves Angelica...or how do you think you'd suit Tia Dalma?

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  6. Thanks, Stella. Yes, it's shaping up nicely isn't it?

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  7. It's definatly ship-shape. Lol. I know, I know. it's a bad pun.

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  8. LOL Stella, I guess I asked for that ;-)

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