Category Archives: Woodwork

Attaching the mast to the boat – thoughts

I’ve been giving some thought to how to attach the mast to the boat. There are a number of objectives: Must be strong enough Must be light Should not change the boat too much – ideally the boat should appear … Continue reading

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Wanderer aft cleats

One thing about sailing with small children is that you want to tie up to a jetty if at all possible. This means having usable cleats. It is possible to tie off to the traveller but having cleats is easier. … Continue reading

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Free-standing mast: Wooden Mast

I like making things in wood, so it is worth working through the design of a wooden mast. A mast needs to be as light and thin as possible so large defects in the wood such as knots cannot be … Continue reading

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Wanderer dinghy centreboard repair

My Wanderer is about 40 years old. The centreboard isn’t the easiest thing to inspect or get out, plus it is deep so hits things. Overall the condition was fine but the tip had seen better days. The wood was … Continue reading

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Wanderer dinghy rudder

In a previous post I added an iroko bush to the rudder. I also wanted to reinforce the leading edge and bottom of the blade. My blade was showing scuff marks where it had hit things. I initially tried putting … Continue reading

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Wanderer centreboard pivot bush

Making the bushings for the centreboard. This has an iroko bush fitted to the centreboard, pivoting on an acetal bush around the bolt. The acetal bush serves two purposes: It acts as a spacer in the centreboard case, ensuring that … Continue reading

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New cupboard handles

Small job this, but it had been bugging me for a long time. We’ve got a cheap bathroom cupboard and the handles looked like this: Now the handles look like this: Varnished with Le Tonkinois varnish – a great product.

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