Quite often the list of last little jobs has to be completed in a hurry before the next project begins, taking away the fun to be had in all the little finishing bits and pieces. On the 'Gina' I've been enjoying myself, with enough time to pay attention to the details and happy that I can spend my working days playing with wood.
Em had designed a Harry Potter bookshelf for her woodwork class at school. But then it had to be made. Tenon and mortise, dark and light wood, she hadn't made it easy for herself. Yes, you can bring it to the shop but I'm not going to do it for you, I said. So she sawed her own tenons, drilled and chiselled the mortises, we glued the tricky bits together then she took it back to school to finish. I'll post the finished work when she brings it home.
Being a ship's carpenter means you can skip the yoga classes. Here I'm fitting and placing the last closing pieces under the stern deck aboard 'Gina'. Difficult parts to fit without the added excitement of being in a slippery sided three foot high space. Will look good when it's done though. Having said which it'll probably look like it should and no one will think about how difficult it might have been to make.
We have decided to try and get the Mercedes registered as camper instead of work van. We can then carry passengers in the rear of the vehicle. The plan also involves a third bed for Em and a movable toilet (more on that later) as well as the ability to carry full sized sheets of plywood (122 x 244 cm.), Laser masts, booms and sails and finished kitchen cupboards. Not an easy design brief but the first step has been taken this morning when we bought this bench seat. Fits as if it was made for the job. Back to work.