Posted by: Mike Randall | June 29, 2009

Mast Making Continues

I’ve had a busy week and weekend glueing up the mast then shaping it from square to round. I’ve read up lots on how to do this and it all seems pretty straight forward, but never having attempted it you never know what kind of surprises present themselves until you begin. Luckily it seems to be going okay. Here are some pics of what I’ve been doing.

laminated and clamped

laminated and clamped


The screws in the side of the inner laminate was to help me pull it into alignment. These are hollow inside and they flexed a bit narrower than the top and bottom laminates. This all got a bit stressful as it was about 12:30am and I was worried the epoxy would go off before I got everything sorted. All good though.
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The clamps I made up from threaded rod I had left over from when I built my stand up paddle board. These worked really well for keeping everything neat and aligned. I’ll use them for the gaff as well.
All squared up and cut to shape

All squared up and cut to shape


Eight side marking guide

Eight side marking guide

I also made up a 16 side marking gauge. Both these marking guides worked in a fashion. The eight side better than the 16. I checked the marks I had made with a string line.

Once again the marking out took a lot longer than I had anticipated.

Cutting the eight sides

Cutting the eight sides


The octagon

The octagon

I’ve 16 sided the mast and started smoothing it round. It’s all gone well, I’ll post some more pics soon. This whole process has been fun and felt like real boat building, I got to use chisels and hand planes and make lots of shavings. It also looks impressive when I show family and friends what I’ve been upto.


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