Dave took advantage of the lull to sort through and organize the hand tool cabinet. He's the "new guy" so he is not ready to admit that keeping WoW volunteers, staff, and students organized is a no-win proposition. However, in the short run, the shop has never looked so good.
|Don't touch those screwdrivers!|
|. . . or the pliers!|
It has been cold outside, especially for a few days at year's end, and the Delaware River and the basin have been fascinating to watch as they iced up and then de-iced.
|Ice on the river with Ben Franklin Bridge in background|
|There will be less scraping needed this spring on Gazela's hull.|
|Poor lonely Suzy waits for spring.|
We are moving along on the Beetle Cat volunteer project. Only four frames have yet to be replaced. Different groups of volunteers prefer different techniques of replacing frames. Some like to steam and pre-bend the frame on a jig, while others remove the wood from the steam bag and clamp it in place in the boat directly. The most interesting variation is a gadget Lee found on the Internet. It allows you to capture the contour of the hull and transfer it to a board to position clamping blocks, all in a single step.
|Lee's "gadget." If it doesn't work for boatbuilding, it could be a prop in a horror movie.|
One way or another, with many active hands, frames are getting replaced and the hull is getting stronger and more stable by the day.
|John works inside, positioning a frame while. . .|
|. . . Larry and Joe screw the frame to the hull from outside.|
|Hmm. Might be a boat!|
|Drilling, and . . .|
|. . . planing, and . . .|
|. . . clamping.|
|Dave cuts out a transom. Wow! Straight lines!|
|Newt wipes stain on the coaming trim.|
|Water lock mounted behind engine, control cable in foreground.|
|Fitting the cutlass bearing. The hole above will be extended into a prop aperture.|
|Bob drills out a sheave for a new bushing.|
|Good for another few decades of service.|
New volunteer Robinson tried his hand at leatherwork, preparing and installing some whaleboat oarlock leathers to replace the seizing that did not hold up well.
|Nice work, Robinson.|