Dave, I'm looking at your deck beams and they appear to be wider than 3/16 of an inch. I also measured the plans and come up with 1/4 inch for the lower beams and 5/16 inch for the upper beams. Should I use the plans or just use 3/16 and 1/4? I've been burned on the measurements before and don't want to repeat that mistake.
Hi Pawley. Go with the plans. You need to make sure the knees fit between the beams. On my plans the lower deck beams are 9/32” wide, the upper deck beams are 3/8” wide. 3/16” and 1/4” are not wide enough. You’ll end up with spaces between the knees and beams and each other.
With the Battle Station completed, it's back to work on Blandford. I'm laying out and gluing together the main deck beams with their assorted knees. I'll fix these in place before fitting carlings and ledges, as I did with the lower deck. The problem is that this is a very complicated part of the build because simultaneously with building the main deck, you must complete the chain pump crank mechanisms and their supports, which are attached to the mean jeer bitt, the topsail bitt and 4 columns between the lower and the main deck. I started with the bitts. Here are 4 vertical timbers that will make up the two bitts, with their simulated sheaves and rabbets for the cross pieces. Here they are before trimming, and without poly. I toyed with the idea of making the cross pieces out of contrasting wood, but I think that may be taking the concept too far. What do you think?
my mistake on the lower deck framing was not leaving a gap but the opposite adding a piece as i misunderstood the plans an explanations much better on the main deck framing, also decided to do exterior planking almost to the keel because i do not like the way that i did the frames so i will cover it up should be OK, will start posting on the blanford the begining of the week. Don
Doc did you see my post on the flatie, I got another type of model off ebay just a little more then the flatie i am going to do the same type of build on this one it is totaly different then the flatie this will be for Christmas for my oldest son. Don
- Aug 10, 2017
Hi Dave, I think you should use bloodwood for the cross pieces so the bitts look like one unit. Keep up the fine work.