Friday, 2 November 2007

Getting the measure of things....


I decided to use what was available locally to keep down costs, and build the canoe as well as I was able. Being a reasonably capable woodworker I think I stand a good chance of building a good boat. By taking my time with the build and looking at all the options and advice on the web I think I may just achieve that.

First job was transfering the measurements from the plans onto the plywood.

Mistake No.1! I should have followed the advice in the instructions and marked out and cut one of each panels, using them as a template for the rest. This would make for greater accuracy, and is the reason the designer puts that info in the instructions in the first place! My measuring was pretty close to the mark though so it was no major problem.

I bought a decent size carpenters square from 'Focus' DIY store for about 4 quid and 'squared off' the sheets of ply into 300mm sections. Then took the measurements from the edge of the panels or the centre line depending on which panel I was marking out.

6 comments:

Krafty said...

Mistake No.1.... watching TV while marking out and cutting ;-)

Peter Smitham said...

No probs... got eyes up my bum!

Krafty said...

I must remember not to pull faces behind you back ;-) :-D

Peter Smitham said...

I've done it to you for years!{;0)

Krafty said...

I know, I've got eyes back there too!

Peter Smitham said...

That accounts for the holes in yer waders!