Making Molds

In January, AFAD participants learned the art of making patterns by utilizing the information from our loft and the interior of the boat itself. If we were building a new boat from scratch we would use the body plan we’ve lofted and make full size patterns that would then become the structure that our planking bends around giving us the vessels desired shape. However, for our application we were concerned about creating “molds” that would act as extra support while we craned Delaware onto the hard. If you remember we have already removed her cabin house, engine and much of her inner structure. With out this extra framing she would be very vulnerable to crushing once the slings tightened around her hull.

Patterns are an excellent way to gather critical information before cutting into your final work piece. Patterns can be made from card board, door skin, plywood or any scrap wood you’ve got laying around.

Patterns are an excellent way to gather critical information before cutting into your final work piece. Patterns can be made from card board, door skin, plywood or any scrap wood you’ve got laying around.

Tom is using our ship saw to cut out parts of for station # 5.

Tom is using our ship saw to cut out parts of for station # 5.

Mike and Mario are truing up the bevels on the notched out sections where this mold crosses the stringers.

Mike and Mario are truing up the bevels on the notched out sections where this mold crosses the stringers.

George is fine tuning the bevel on station # 7 where it contacts the hull.

George is fine tuning the bevel on station # 7 where it contacts the hull.

Once all the parts were constructed and fit gussets, cross supports and uprights were add to connect all the pieces together.  JK

Once all the parts were constructed and fit gussets, cross supports and uprights were add to connect all the pieces together.

JK

Jennifer Kuhn