Thursday, January 17, 2008

A head scratcher

A head scratcherSo after successfully dealing with the challenges of covering the curves of the hull on both the port and starboard sides, with plenty of help of course, I now have this peculiar shape to deal with, at both port and starboard.

I have screwed in a few pieces of wood to the battens in place, a little crooked I know, to help me think through how I'm going to do this.

You can see the problem - a continuously changing set of sizes, at weird angles, all to be clad in the same wood I have used on the sides...

I am in no doubt that there is going to be some cussing involved, and more wood for the summer barbeques, before this is complete.


  1. Anonymous6:36 PM

    maybe install small linen closets/cupboards/display case or stereo cabinets over the whole corner ??? just a thought....Tony Roberts,St.Anthony.

  2. Anonymous7:22 PM

    My approach would be to cover the two side surfaces letting the wood overhang the front. Then use a Japanese flush-cut saw to cut the ends flush to the front.
    Cover the front, again letting things overhang, and finally cut the sides flush, again with the Japanese saw:

  3. Anonymous9:04 PM

    What the last poster said is the best idea, but you don't need a special saw. Flush cut saws are for smaller detail finishing work and would take you forever. If you let the boards from the two main sides overhang a little as proposed, you can use a standard large handsaw that would cut the overhang off both peices at once while using the batten as a guide. Just take it slow and use a chalkline if needed (even just as a don't go past here line).

    Cheers from Texas!

  4. Hi Tony

    Thanks for that.

    I'd have this problem no matter what 'skin' I chose, though the tongue and groove is obviously more labour intensive.



  5. Hi anonymous

    I would need to cut the wood with a bit of an overhang, so the pieces on the 'middle' face would fit properly.

    But the cutting once the pieces are put up seems the most practical.

  6. Hi anonymous from Texas

    I agree, though I'll probably use my skillsaw to do the job, then finish off the hard to reach pieces with a hand saw.

    A batten for a guide sounds like a handy tip I had not thought of.

    The real problem, as I see it, is going to be accurately measuring and cutting the pieces to go on the 'middle' face as the angles etc. all need to match perfectly for the job to look right.

    The down side of this method is I have to do the whole of both the 'outside' faces first, then deal with the middle. If I measure the overlap wrong, or something, then I'll have to re-do the whole lot.

  7. Anonymous1:29 PM

    My bet is that you will not be able to get individual boards to line up between the sides/angles and the front. To do that, you would probably have to be willing to taper some, which would definitely make for a longer job.

    You would have to work from the centre of the front. Determine where a piece on the front will go and mark it. Place the sides to line up on both sides. Trim. Tack in the front board, rough. Then move up/down from there.

    You would find that the side pieces need a taper to keep matching the front as you build along.

    If you just forget about whether the individual boards line up, you can have it done in an afternoon and then face-nail a couple of 1x3cm strips over the corner as trim pieces. Run a round-over router bit down that and it will look just fine.

  8. Hi Andrew

    Think positive :)