Friday, November 21, 2014

Initial Idea

Okay, so this is my third post and the past week has been somewhat eventful. I now have a definite mentor for this project. My grandpa agreed to help me out with the process of making the dinghy. My grandpa is an engineer and has been woodworking for his entire life. He has all of the tools necessary for the dinghy. We have scheduled to meet up over the weekend and discuss the plans for building the boat. If things go according to plan, my dinghy will be ready to use this upcoming spring. The plans are not set in stone, but I am most likely going with this style dinghy:
I know it is somewhat simple but again, I am open to more ideas. If anybody has any ideas of what to do or boat plans, please leave a comment. 
Here is the URL of the picture: http://knbpromotions.com/sailing/portuguese.jpg

Friday, November 14, 2014

Second Post

So far the project is getting off to a slow, but good start. I was able to come across some plans for a Portuguese dinghy. These plans call for a few pieces of plywood to create a 7'4"x3'10" dinghy. If I am say able to make the boat, it will have an approximate maximum weight of 800 lbs. As for building tools I am at a low right now, I am going to have to make sure I have at least a saw. I will need three pieces of standard plywood 4'x8' to make the shell of the boat, and possibly more wood for the interior work. I'm hoping that the plywood will be able to hold up, but I will cross that bridge when I get there. Anyway, if you would like to see the idea that I'm talking about click on this link: 

http://koti.kapsi.fi/hvartial/dinghy1/simboii.htm

Monday, November 10, 2014

First Post

This is my first blog post for 20 time. The project I will be pursuing is to build hopefully a small row boat. I plan to do this through the remainder of 2014 and into the spring of 2015. When the project is completed, I will be rowing my row boat on Lake Saint Claire. On a side note I will be wearing a life-jacket due to the confidence that I have in my carpentry skills.