Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A letter a day #letteraday

After way too long I've now got this carved nameboard project moving by challenging myself to do one letter a day and placing the day's letter on Twitter with the tag #letteraday.
The name of the barge, and thus what I am carving, is somewhat ironic. You'll have to wait and see.

Another row of boxes

Tomorrow we'll load these cupboards and drawers into the blue bus and take them South. Once painted we can place them and build another layer of shelves above them, under the sloping roof.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Another row

Claudia, queen of cupboards, has started work on the next row of six for a wall in the upstairs bedroom.
This is in the house where we recently placed the office furniture. The walnut office table will go in next Monday after its last coat of varnish is dry and hardened.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

First wall finished

Last week we assembled the painted oak wall cupboards and trial fitted the walnut table top.
Now that has been glued up and delivered to the painter and we've started work on another shelf, cupboard and drawer unit in a room up under the roof.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mercedes Laser crane

I remember the moment when Em had grown big and strong enough that we could lift her Optimist into the back of the VW van together. Freedom.
The combi trailer/trolley offers a similar freedom but when we stack my Laser on top of hers that is gone. Usually there are plenty of strong sailors or parents around to help but I'm always happier if I know I can solve things alone.
So now we have a Laser crane on the back of the Merc van, capable of lifting a Laser and its stacking trolley high enough to roll another Laser on the trailer underneath.
Next stop Workum.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Just add water

Twenty something years of rain and condensation sneaking under the floor and into the plywood means trouble on this fibreglass motor boat.
I was asked to saw out the rotten bits so that the concrete ballast could be removed, then rebuild floor, galley and steering column.
I've done the sawing, but haven't reached solid wood yet upon which I can start to rebuild.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Karel is a 50's diuble ender, built of rivetted steel.
To make it possible for Willem de Vries to wire in a battery charger and inverter I've cut two small hatches in these teak panels.
Long live the Japanese saw.