Here are the
latest photos sent to us from Mr. Bob Coes who's incharge of the construction
phase of the project. Bob will be suppling the site with photos on the project
as it develops. The photos below were taken from June to Sept. of this year.
We've included Bobs explanation of the photos below.
sure to check back often in the coming months, we hope to have lots to
click on the pics for larger view.
were not able to start up again after the work was completed at Simonds High in
early July. Pugsley C, as it turned out, was needed to store paper for shipping
at a later date. Unfortunately, we were at a loss for a place to continue with
the project. Late August we were told that we could have space in #8 shed on
the west side harbourfront. The port staff have been most accommodating in
helping me get set up. Barry had some people move all of our wood and frames
from Pugsley C and Simonds High to #8 shed early September. Tom had some needed
building materials delivered to our new work site and I began work once again.
The first step was to build a framing platform to prepare the frames for
cutting and assembly. Frames #6 to #41, seventy-two in all (port and starboard)
required rabbet joints cut at their base to allow for the 2x8 to fit into place
for assembly. The remaining frames in the bow and stern will be fitted
individually after the bow stem and stern post are fitted. The first photo
shows the saw cuts at the base of a frame to a depth of 1 1/2" by 7 1/4" high
and across the width of the frame. This represents the cross-sectional area of
the 2x8. The next three photos show the chisel work required to remove the
material for the 2x8's.
fifth photo shows the smoothing of the chiseled surface: the last stage in
cutting the rabbet joint. Again, seventy-two of these joints are required.
|Photos six and seven show a pair of frames, each with the rabbet
|Photos eight and nine show the framing platform with a pair of frames
set in their proper location ready for the positioning of the floor joist at
the bottom, and the temporary 2x4 near the top of the frames for lateral
support. Note the position of the rabbet joint at the bottom of the frames. For
illustration purposes the frames are positioned face up, however, from a
structural perspective the frames will be flipped over to allow for fastening
through the softer pine into the spruce. The next four frames show all of the
components in place ready for fastening. The framing platform, as a matter of
fact, is 14ft wide by 13ft high; a rough cross-section of the ship at it's
largest point. Only the principle lines are included, unlike the lofting
platform which includes all construction lines. A minimum of two reference
points are required to locate each frame. Therefore, a centre line, base line
and two waterline measurements are all that are drawn on the platform. Other
lines may be added to check the position of any given frame or frames if
needed. The reason for two waterlines has to do with the elevation of the frame
from the base line. The stern and bow frames are higher.
last photo shows my drawing which describes the body plan and the offset table.
Note all the measurements in the table; more than 850 measurements. The table
in the folder is a condensed version designed specifically for the framing
platform. The shear points are marked on each frame while on the platform so as
to allow for easy positioning of the shear strake later on. All that I have
described above is completed. The next step is to assemble the frames and
position them at their station points on a steel platform. This is the stage
where the ship will actually begin to take shape.
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