Posted by: Mike Randall | September 4, 2009

Fiddly bits

I’ve been doing a lot of the details on the oars and spars, quiet enjoyable but I don’t seem to have much to show for my efforts!

Here are some pics of wooden reefing cleats I’ve been making, these go on the boom. I decided to make them myself as they seem to cost about $50 – $60 to buy. I was able to buy a big lump of Iroko for about the same price and all up there are about 8-9 cleats specified on the plans, I also needed to make the reefing combs for the boom, so I used the same lump of wood for those as well.

I watched this video How to Make Wooden Cleats from Woodenboat magazine, there is also an article on dimensions and design etc in the September 2006 issue

Boom Cleat Blanks

Boom Cleat Blanks


Blanks cut out with jigsaw

Blanks cut out with jigsaw


Finished cleats

Finished cleats


Drilling Reefing Comb

Drilling Reefing Comb


Finished reefing comb

Finished reefing comb

I’m now varnishing everything. I got creative with where to do this and have basically taken over the meeting room in my office! After much deliberation I decided in the end to go with Feast & Watson Spar Varnish I’ll try and do about 6 coats, see how my patience goes!

The Varnish Centre!

The Varnish Centre!


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