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Friday, October 30, 2009

Recycled organic boat part 14




Well you wouldn't believe it , I didn't have enough timber for the deck and the stuff I have used is old stock and out of date. Its enough to make you throw your hat in the river and jump in after it. So its back to scavenging and Kmart and Bunnings don't have the stuff. So where do you get the timber to finish the deck, I goes into Independent Floors across the road from Bunnings and wallah and low and behold they have some stuff that can be milled down to size it is the same spotted gum as the last lot but a different colour, The top photo shows the colour difference and the bottom photo shows the difference in thickness the centre piece is the milled one. The centre photo shows today's progress. I also got the hinges for the stove for free. So tomorrow I have some work ahead of me.

A few years ago my mate Ray worked at the rubbish tip as a professional scavenger and this bloke rang him on his mobile and was placing an order for his requirements and the list was about as long as your arm and Ray finally stopped him with the words,"this ain't Kmart its the f#%&^*# rubbish tip for Pete's sake" when Ray got off the phone he said to me that he would fill the order without trouble and that it happens on a regular basis..
So now I expect things to come to me as required and it works. I started this project on the 13th and wonder I can get it in the water in a month from start.
cheers Stewart

Recycled organic boat part 14




Well you wouldn't believe it , I didn't have enough timber for the deck and the stuff I have used is old stock and out of date. Its enough to make you throw your hat in the river and jump in after it. So its back to scavenging and Kmart and Bunnings don't have the stuff. So where do you get the timber to finish the deck, I goes into Independent Floors across the road from Bunnings and wallah and low and behold they have some stuff that can be milled down to size it is the same spotted gum as the last lot but a different colour, The top photo shows the colour difference and the bottom photo shows the difference in thickness the centre piece is the milled one. The centre photo shows today's progress. I also got the hinges for the stove for free. So tomorrow I have some work ahead of me.

A few years ago my mate Ray worked at the rubbish tip as a professional scavenger and this bloke rang him on his mobile and was placing an order for his requirements and the list was about as long as your arm and Ray finally stopped him with the words,"this ain't Kmart its the f#%&^*# rubbish tip for Pete's sake" when Ray got off the phone he said to me that he would fill the order without trouble and that it happens on a regular basis..
So now I expect things to come to me as required and it works. I started this project on the 13th and wonder I can get it in the water in a month from start.
cheers Stewart

Thursday, October 29, 2009

stove part 1

This is the progress in the stove, chimney welded on and the door cut leaving the corners to hold it til the hinges are welded on, The final cut will occur then. The feet have been welded on as well.The top will be cut and a flat plate welded so a billy can be boiled. cheers Stewart

stove part 1

This is the progress in the stove, chimney welded on and the door cut leaving the corners to hold it til the hinges are welded on, The final cut will occur then. The feet have been welded on as well.The top will be cut and a flat plate welded so a billy can be boiled. cheers Stewart

Recycled organic boat part 13

As seen in the photo the deck beams have been laid and the deck is being glued down. It was a good day and a lot was accomplished.The deck material is spotted gum.
cheers Stewart

Recycled organic boat part 13

As seen in the photo the deck beams have been laid and the deck is being glued down. It was a good day and a lot was accomplished.The deck material is spotted gum.
cheers Stewart

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Goodies

The grinder that I bought is a little beauty for fifteen dollars and the compressor tank will be a pot belly stove.
















The flowers on the boat were my first attempt at folk art. The engine was fifteen dollars, maybe a paddle wheeler engine?

cheers Stewart

Goodies

The grinder that I bought is a little beauty for fifteen dollars and the compressor tank will be a pot belly stove.
















The flowers on the boat were my first attempt at folk art. The engine was fifteen dollars, maybe a paddle wheeler engine?

cheers Stewart

Recycled organic boat part 12

Just a few more photos, you will notice the timbers have been routed on the edge for more deck beams. The centre line deck beam has been fitted and glued. I spent the rest of the day with a mate and went to the tip and scored some great items, which included a bench grinder and a three horse power robin engine and a cylinder for a bush stove, which I will post about in another post. The new vise glue foams more than the last lot and seams to bind better. cheers Stewart

Recycled organic boat part 12

Just a few more photos, you will notice the timbers have been routed on the edge for more deck beams. The centre line deck beam has been fitted and glued. I spent the rest of the day with a mate and went to the tip and scored some great items, which included a bench grinder and a three horse power robin engine and a cylinder for a bush stove, which I will post about in another post. The new vise glue foams more than the last lot and seams to bind better. cheers Stewart

Monday, October 26, 2009

Recycled organic boat part 11

The planks on the deck have started to be laid. There are gaps in the deck and two planks will be glued to the deck timbers to keep them in line. The rest of the timbers rely on the first two to keep them in line

cheers Stewart

Recycled organic boat part 11

The planks on the deck have started to be laid. There are gaps in the deck and two planks will be glued to the deck timbers to keep them in line. The rest of the timbers rely on the first two to keep them in line

cheers Stewart

Recycled organic boat part 10

I put in a couple of beams today
I put in a couple of beams today, some of the joint from yesterday failed and needed doing again. more glue was needed total cost to date is.
$ 97 for fibre glass.
$5 for timber
$17.85 for glue
$30.00 for deck timber
total=$149.85

Got some good spotted gum for the deck at Isons hardware store old stock and discontinued. I took the lot. cheers Stewart

Recycled organic boat part 10

I put in a couple of beams today
I put in a couple of beams today, some of the joint from yesterday failed and needed doing again. more glue was needed total cost to date is.
$ 97 for fibre glass.
$5 for timber
$17.85 for glue
$30.00 for deck timber
total=$149.85

Got some good spotted gum for the deck at Isons hardware store old stock and discontinued. I took the lot. cheers Stewart

mining at the ridge

This is my mate Ray and the contraption is used to lift spoils from an opal mine.I will ask Ray if he wants to do an article on the subject?It is amasing what they do but they are a close nit bunch and dont like to be in the public eye.

mining at the ridge

This is my mate Ray and the contraption is used to lift spoils from an opal mine.I will ask Ray if he wants to do an article on the subject?It is amasing what they do but they are a close nit bunch and dont like to be in the public eye.

Rabbit stew

When I was eight my father decided that he had enough with share farming and would go to the big smoke and work.
My mum and my brothers stayed behind til dad found a place to live.
One of the chores was to empty the night soil and to do this we had to dig a hole and bury the stuff. Well the ground was as tough as nails and as dry as a bucket full of sand. It just had to be done.
On this one memorable occasion while carrying the pan full of goodies to the hole my oldest brother on one end of a pole and me and my other brother were on the other end. It was heavy and my oldest brother was backing up and he fell into a rabbit burrow and all the glorious contents went over him. You could have heard the hollows and screaming on the other side of hell.
There was a lesson learned that day ("he who bashes his brother gets covered in shit"). No more digging holes as the rabbits dug them for us.
On the next occasion of the great pan dump, (that's where the term I'm going to have a dump came from.) We scouted around for a suitable rabbit burrow and the contents of the pan were dumped down the hole with the thumping of ground from under foot as the rabbits made there escape. I don't know which the bunnies were running from the smell or the thought of being buried alive. But us being pretty pore had that covered as well and had nets draped over the exits. The rabbits came out of those burrows at a hundred miles an hour straight into the nets. When mum cooked tea for us that night it was rabbit stew and it went down a treat. From that day forth we never dug a hole for the pans contents again. We also new that there was a good feed that night as well. So if you live in the Dorrigo area of NSW, you now know why the rabbits are so big it was all that food we gave them. cheers Stewart

Rabbit stew

When I was eight my father decided that he had enough with share farming and would go to the big smoke and work.
My mum and my brothers stayed behind til dad found a place to live.
One of the chores was to empty the night soil and to do this we had to dig a hole and bury the stuff. Well the ground was as tough as nails and as dry as a bucket full of sand. It just had to be done.
On this one memorable occasion while carrying the pan full of goodies to the hole my oldest brother on one end of a pole and me and my other brother were on the other end. It was heavy and my oldest brother was backing up and he fell into a rabbit burrow and all the glorious contents went over him. You could have heard the hollows and screaming on the other side of hell.
There was a lesson learned that day ("he who bashes his brother gets covered in shit"). No more digging holes as the rabbits dug them for us.
On the next occasion of the great pan dump, (that's where the term I'm going to have a dump came from.) We scouted around for a suitable rabbit burrow and the contents of the pan were dumped down the hole with the thumping of ground from under foot as the rabbits made there escape. I don't know which the bunnies were running from the smell or the thought of being buried alive. But us being pretty pore had that covered as well and had nets draped over the exits. The rabbits came out of those burrows at a hundred miles an hour straight into the nets. When mum cooked tea for us that night it was rabbit stew and it went down a treat. From that day forth we never dug a hole for the pans contents again. We also new that there was a good feed that night as well. So if you live in the Dorrigo area of NSW, you now know why the rabbits are so big it was all that food we gave them. cheers Stewart

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Recycled organic boat part 9

Found this chairon the materials quest and glued it back together and glued in the knees on the cross beams Im not sure if the cross beams are strong enough so I think I will reinforce the beams to the hull with more knees.cheers Stewart

Recycled organic boat part 9

Found this chairon the materials quest and glued it back together and glued in the knees on the cross beams Im not sure if the cross beams are strong enough so I think I will reinforce the beams to the hull with more knees.cheers Stewart

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Clock

The trouble with scrounging is I come across other things that must be got like this clock, which was in pieces and needed a good home. It chimes on the hour and half hour and works a treat all for five dollars and a days work putting it together. I will go out tomorrow for the timber for the boat and hopefully I don't get distracted. cheers Stewart

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Recycled organic boat part 7

Transom deck beam and fore deck beams made and placed on boat today.The timber came from an old double bed from the tip.Tomorrow I will have to scrounge some more timber for the deck beams.cheers Stewart

Monday, October 19, 2009

Recycled organic boat part 6

Today I managed to get the timber on the gunnels. The stem post was glassed in yesterday and it will be another day to do the final of the under deck timber work. Note the joins in the timber on the gunnels, If I was using new timber I would not have to have done this. This is the drawback of using old or recycled timber. On the middle photo it shows timber clamps with wedges to hold the timber while the glue dries. ...cheers Stewart

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Recycled organic boat part 5

There is one thing I was told when I was younger by a friend who made steam engines. Is to make one piece a day. In a steam engine there is about 360 pieces and at the end of the year you had the best part of that engine. Some parts took longer to make that is the boiler, and if this took another two months then you had an operational locomotive in fourteen months. Same goes for boats its just one piece at a time, and in a boat there is about two months worth. Note there are two pieces made and glued on to the hull. I will try to keep up dating this every day so you can check on how long it takes to restore a boat like this one. cheers Stewart.