Prepping for the Family Boat Build
November 10 & 11, 2011
As you saw in the last
series, the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund awarded
us $1800 to conduct a Family Boat Build during Christmas Break,
December 26-30 this year.
Now that we have the money, it's time to get cracking. Step 1 was
to get the wood. I called Mike at Crosscut in Eugene and arranged
for 1/2" and 1/4" Okume plywood to be set aside. On Thursday,
I did a 153 mile circuit to Salem to Eugene to Toledo. Curt and
Jim were there, where they'd been oiling the Winterhawk. Now it
was time to turn to on the Family Boat Build.
I'd had full sized patterns for the frames and stems printed up
ahead of time and got enough carbon paper for everyone. We chopped
up the 1/2" ply and got started tracing out the patterns.
Two stems and five frames per boat, each frame with 11 notches.
After tracing, it was time for cutting. Jim likes the bandsaw,
but Curt and I went at it with Bosch sabersaws. Man, I've never
used a high-end sabersaw before - that Bosch
JS470E I got for the Boathouse is SWEET! And with the 20tpi
blade, it's like cutting butter. Curt's Bosch
1590EVSL is even better. Christmas is coming and every boat
builder needs a nice sabersaw.
Tracing and cutting the frames took more than the time allotted,
so we broke for the evening.
The next morning, I went out to Siletz River Lumber to find the
sticks we'll need to make the wales, stringers and keel. Siletz
River Lumber is well guarded, I don't recommend dropping by unannounced.
I was selecting cast-offs, mostly 16' sticks in the 1x2 or 2x2
range. I needed enough material to get (8) 3/4 x 1 1/2s for the
wales, (24) 3/4 x 3/4s for the stringers, and (4) 3/4 x 1s for the
keels (plus another 1x2 for the fiddy bits.) Curt helped me pull
'em, then tallied up the total.
I've heard in some countries, you need to hang a red flag off anything
that overhangs your car by more than four feet. It's a good thing
we have the War on Drugs to keep our police busy or I'd have gotten
Back at the Boathouse, things started hopping. Rick and Aaron turned
to on ripping the timbers while Curt got out a chisel and finished
up knocking out the notches for the frames.
We got Frank set up on the router table where he rounded off the
corners of the frames in preparation for sanding and oiling next
You know there's a lot to be done when even I get into the act.
I was ripping up the 1/4" ply to make blanks that will become
It was a fantastically busy session at the Boathouse this week.
We had Depot Bay ringing with the sounds of industry. Best of all,
we had a couple families stop by and watch us in action - they'd
read the article in the New-Times and wanted to see the fun.
Good work, everyone! I really appreciate all the help. This Family
Boat Build is going to be great.