Viking Longship "Drakkar" by Amati

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My wife being Scandinavian, I decided to do a Viking Longship as my next project. Problems have already arisen. First, the keel was warped so after glueing in the ribs, I added some stiffeners between each of them. Then I put in some reverse bend and left it in the jig for a day. Thankfully most of the bend has been removed. I think the planking will finish the straightening job. Second, the planking has a lot of laser burn dust that has turned the wood a nasty grayish color what I can't remove, Sanding only spreads the dust and makes it worse so I'm hoping Tung oil will tone it down a but, at least it looks a little better after running a test on some scrap pieces of the ply. The garboard strake has been installed on both sides and so far the build is pretty straight forward.
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Your aluminum angel keel clamp is a great idea that I should have thought of when an articulating clamp is unnecessary. It looks like one side screwed to the board and the other is possibly just machine screws and nuts to get the vise action. It that close? The model was well done start to finish and its final home port caste. PT-2
 
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Cases are simple but they work at an acceptable price. As to carpentry tools, I have had an old Craftsman table saw for 50 years and for cutting it does what I need but not as precisely as years ago. For hand drills I got a plunge type of guide that the drill connects with but it is for crude drilling not drill press type of precision. My limited mini tools are: drill press, belt and disc sander, scroll saw, and a table saw. The number of times that I would need a lathe are far apart so for some items I use the drill and files to shape simple things not needing high precision. I am sure that many SoS members can give their own recommendations and experience along the path. PT- 2
Thank you again PT-2, I will keep my eyes open for a used Table Saw. I believe it should be my first priority.
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Thank you again PT-2, I will keep my eyes open for a used Table Saw. I believe it should be my first priority.
StuG
I used some of my mini shop tools today to convert a free cut off moulding piece from the bin at Home Depot to cut it to "lumber size" for components for a miniature naval cannon carriage, then cut the individual pieces on the same table saw before doing some additional cutouts on the scroll saw, Tomorrow will be some drilling for connection rods with the drill press. I could have used the sander possibly but did not think I needed that touch as I wanted to do some hand fitting by hand filing and sanding. Good tools help make things better than just my hands. PT-2
 
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My wife being Scandinavian, I decided to do a Viking Longship as my next project. Problems have already arisen. First, the keel was warped so after glueing in the ribs, I added some stiffeners between each of them. Then I put in some reverse bend and left it in the jig for a day. Thankfully most of the bend has been removed. I think the planking will finish the straightening job. Second, the planking has a lot of laser burn dust that has turned the wood a nasty grayish color what I can't remove, Sanding only spreads the dust and makes it worse so I'm hoping Tung oil will tone it down a but, at least it looks a little better after running a test on some scrap pieces of the ply. The garboard strake has been installed on both sides and so far the build is pretty straight forward.
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Fantastic build, thanks for all your notes. I've just started building this, and I'm finding the same as you, the keel is very slightly warped, so I put in stiffeners like you, but I also thickened the ribs to give the planking more purchase. I think this might be overkill, but only time will tell. I intend using bamboo dowels to secure the planking, but I'm still in the process of experimentation. My kit came with the keel, frames and planking strakes all in a blond plywood, so I'll have to stain them, probably with a walnut stain.
 
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Completed the Drakkar longship build except for the oars. Might add a couple for reference but not doing all 26. They wouldn't all fit in the racks anyway. I did the shields in Photoshop, sprayed the back of the castings with brown, the front with silver, then cutout the photoshop printouts and white glued them to the shields. When it was dry I sprayed on a coat of clear. Turned out to be my favorite part of the build. View attachment 163364View attachment 163365View attachment 163366View attachment 163367View attachment 163368View attachment 163369View attachment 163370View attachment 163371View attachment 163372View attachment 163373View attachment 163374View attachment 163375View attachment 163376View attachment 163377
Maybe I'll get this Norwegian fjord row boat video inserted as a late 20th century hand built from logs to launching with a band saw, hand tools, and very sharp axe. Planking is related to the prior videos that I put up elsewhere about longboat construction at this time.
I apologize for this as I don't see the formatting and media insertion icon tools here. You may have to take a couple of extra steps to open it if you want to see this interesting process. PT-2
 
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Here you go. Neither with dedicated lighting, just placed where I could make space:
Canoe case is set into a board with straight-through table saw cuts and a close up.
The larger one is just placed over the boat on a shelf. Darker in that corner. It was about $190 and the smaller canoe about

Really beautiful work. I'll have to check around for a plastics fabrication place and see what they can do. Like the flies also. I tie my own for bass and crappie fishing. Thanks for the quick answer. Charlie
Maybe I'll get this Norwegian fjord row boat video inserted as a late 20th century hand built from logs to launching with a band saw, hand tools, and very sharp axe. Planking is related to the prior videos that I put up elsewhere about longboat construction at this time.
I apologize for this as I don't see the formatting and media insertion icon tools here. You may have to take a couple of extra steps to open it if you want to see this interesting process. PT-2
It's amazing what that guy can do with a hand ax. It must be sharp as a razor, and he still has all his fingers. Thanks for pointing it out.
 
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Really beautiful work. I'll have to check around for a plastics fabrication place and see what they can do. Like the flies also. I tie my own for bass and crappie fishing. Thanks for the quick answer. Charlie


It's amazing what that guy can do with a hand ax. It must be sharp as a razor, and he still has all his fingers. Thanks for pointing it out.
The flies in the case are tied from the book "Trout" by Bergman. I knew a man in the east who tied the entire set in the book three times for sale. I asked him to replace the ones that I have missing from my partial presentation but he had come down with cancer was no longer tying or giving masters workshops around the country. PT-2
 
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