Re: Rocking Chair plans arrived
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, jkohnen@b... wrote:
Does this mean you're going
> to build your Rocking Chair out of "real" wood?
Yes! At one stage I was even considering pressure treated pine (and
maybe plywood), but along came the opportunity to purchase clear
grade hardwood at the same price. All of a sudden the project has
become REALLY exciting. We've just spent the last few days selecting
and hauling it all to the workshop. It was a lot of fun, picking out
which bits would go where!
Might you even be thinking
> of <gasp> building it according to the plans? ;o)
Well --- sort of. I really didn't want to build carvel planked, so
the plan (subject to amendment, if a better idea comes along, of
course :) is to glue laminate (wood resin composite), using the
designed scantling dimensions. The timber I bought is sawn at 4x1
and will dress down to 7 eighths of an inch, so I plan to put one
layer of this down as shown on the plans, then laminate another
layer of 3 eighths of an inch diagonally over this to get the design
hull and deck thickness of 1 and a quarter inches. I figure this is
probably over-building, strength-wise, but the weight factors should
I'm keen for the general appearance to be close to design, but there
are a couple of possible alterations at the back of my mind, still
1. Putting the motor in a well in the aft deck, and
2. Raising the fore-deck to the height of the gunwales.
> Good luck with your project!
Thanks! By-the-way, a strange thing is happening! I'm really amazed
at the number of people who respond with "Oh!, I was going to do
that" or "I wanted to do that" or "I had that idea" or "What a GREAT
idea!" when they learn about this project. I never realized so many
people had a fantasy about having a home on the water!
Any comments/suggestions would be more than welcome!