Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Building New Spreaders

The recent posts around here show some pictures and captions of me building new spreaders for the boat. The originals seem to be structurally sound but were in dire need of refinishing. I hate refinishing wood but do like to build stuff. So, I found out that the desired wood was Sitka Spruce. Neat stuff as it is very straight grain with no knots and yet very light. Exactly what you want up there! The darn things are nearly 4 feet long so I had to build myself a large tapering jig and make many cuts to sneak up on the exact lines I had laid out. All of this method was as directed by the master builder himself...MY DAD! I'm sure he could have done this much better himself but this will have to do.

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