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13 December, 2006

the jig with bilge stringers installed

And now for the annual website update. Since the last posting, the big change has been relocation to a new shop. Humdinger Inc. finally went bankrupt about the same time we had another section of roof fail in the fall of 2005. I got the call that we were being evicted as I was driving a load of red oak for rib bands slowly down Broad Street. It was too much wood for the trailer and I had already dumped a load once, so the eviction call was a bad end to a bad day. The eviction process dragged on for a good two months, during which I looked for a new space, did some demolition work at a south jersey platinum refinery for Pat, and worried we would have to mothball the entire project. After much wasted time, I found a new shop in Frankford for the same rent as Kensington. I broke down the backbone and molds, loaded everything onto a flatbed (courtesy of Larry McCarthy), and relocated.

The new shop is far superior to the old, being the roof does not leak. While I can’t ride my bicycle to work anymore by and I miss not having Pat and the boys and the forklift around, on balance, we came out ahead. Not only is the new shop better, I traded a few days labor scraping iron at the old ship for a drill press, a belt sander, some chain hoists and the old yellow gantry crane. It took some time to set up the shop and get the back bone reassembled as it had been before the move.

I then set to work fixing the transom to the tail feather. A load of red oak (the load dumped on Broad Street as previously mentioned) from the Heacock Lumber yard north of the city was re-sawn and laminated into long 1.5″ x 2″ ribbands which I notched into the molds. I then found some 24 foot pieces of 2×6 Douglas Fir which I transformed into the bilge stringers and the shear clamps, which were also notched into the molds, thus forming the full jig. The next step is building the frames.

lowering the backbone into the molds

moving the assembled backbone to the flat bed

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Elizabeth Goldhammer permalink
    January 24, 2011 4:33 pm

    Wow, what fun! Where in Kensington is your shop located? I live around there, and would love to take a look at your project up close… Are you looking for volunteers to help with rigging, painting, etc? I work on the Gazela down at Penn’s landing most days of the week, but if you are open Mondays and Tuesdays, I would love to come bother you!

    • September 29, 2012 8:47 pm

      Hey! Sorry this is so late – we are actually in Frankford near Orthodox and Torresdale. Volunteers always welcome!

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