Topic Archives: Projects
Mar 23, 2020, 7:06 PM
Leo finishes twisting the beam shelves into place, bending them into their final positions forward and aft. He receives the repaired part of the pipe threading machine in the mail back from Keith Rucker, who brazed together the broken pieces and replaced the bushings. After reassembling the threading machine, it works wonderfully. Finally, Leo needs to work out an efficient way to fabricate bolts to fasten the beam shelves to the frames, and so he makes a few haphazard jibs to help. Pancho takes a bath, and Leo find another Shipwright to work on the project with him!
Mar 8, 2020, 4:51 PM
In this episode, Leo finishes planing the beamshelves, move them into the boat, and start the process of bending them around the inside of the frames - creating some big loads and some scary creaking noises… Meanwhile, Marshall helps by cleaning up the vintage threading machine, and we send a broken part to Keith Rucker for repairs. In other news, the StarBoat finally finds a great new home, and Leo has some really exciting news about the future of the project!
Feb 23, 2020, 9:52 AM
Back to work on Tally Ho! After returning to the West Coast, Leo starts by planing and bolting the beam shelf scarps joints. In the process, he buys a vintage pipe threading machine and use it to thread the bolts. After a 3500 mile journey across the USA, a Pink Fireman arrives with a trailer-full of White Oak for TALLY HO’s deck beams, which we unload with the help of a forklift and a stubborn parrot. It’s good to be back!
Feb 8, 2020, 6:04 PM
In this episode, Leo returns to Cornwall to catch up with Luke Powell and his team, who are getting ready to launch the replica Pilot Cutter PELLEW. Luke talks about how this project came about, how to start a career in boatbuilding, and why we should all be building wooden boats!
Jan 19, 2020, 9:35 AM
As Leo's away from the boat for a while, this is a Q&A episode! Will TALLY HO sail with a GPS? Where will her first (post-rebuild) voyage be? Will Leo be building a replica of the original tender? Could a dolphin, if properly trained, operate his forklift?! For answers to these THRILLING questions, and more, join Leo for a cup of tea and a chat in episode 64.
Jan 6, 2020, 9:49 AM
In this episode Cecca and Leo travel to New York, where they house-and-dog-sit for some friends. Leo drives up to Connecticut to meet Duke at New England Naval Timbers, who supplies large pieces of semi-seasoned White Oak. Leo selects enough curved and straight logs to make Tally Ho’s Deck Structure, and then they mill it into the appropriately sized flitches. They also get a ride on a state-of-the-art New York Tugboat (courtesy of McAllister Towing), and Leo even tags along with a Harbour-pilot while he navigates a huge container-ship out of NYC harbour.
Dec 21, 2019, 11:06 PM
In this episode Leo starts by adjusting the position of some of the frames, and fairing them all on the inside. Then he cuts and fits the scarph joins on the big 6-1/2” x 3” Angelique timbers. Along the way, he does a stress test on the 28’ long timbers by parking a vehicle over each end, and jacking up the middle with a 20 ton bottlejack. The chickens and Pancho the parrot lark around as usual.
Dec 1, 2019, 5:50 PM
In this episode Leo and helpers install the Fashion Pieces, which will form the connection between the hull planking and the transom. They have to cut the heels, drill and chisel the notches in the centreline, and bed them with Red Lead paint and bedding compound (Dolfinite & pine tar). Rowan also works on fairing the bottom of the frames in preparation for the cast bronze floor templates. Finally, Leo works on adjusting the frames to be fair at the sheer line, in preparation for the beam shelf (sheer clamp) and bilge stringer.
Nov 16, 2019, 11:24 PM
Rowan returns to give Leo a hand, and we finish shaping the keel with Adze and power-plane. Then we carve some shape into the Stern Assembly, roughing out the Stern-post with a chainsaw first, before cutting the remainder of the Rabbet into the centerline. The chickens enjoy watching our progress.
Nov 2, 2019, 10:52 PM
In this episode, after roughing-out the starboard side Rabbet into the Stem, Leo makes a jig to transfer the measurements for the shape of the Keel Timber from the lofting floor to the boat itself. He then starts working on actually shaping the keel to its final shape, firstly using a TurboPlane wheel on a Grinder, and then switching to a good ole’fashioned Adze. He also adds some small pieces of Purpleheart to complete the shape of the Forefoot, and makes a small book-stand for his hosts here.