Archive for January, 2010

Mold Installation

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

All of the molds have been installed. You can just see the stem mold on edge followed by the other molds. Each mold was aligned in the X and Y axis using a laser level. Setting up the laser level was more difficult that expected. To get laser to line up with the center line and with the 10 inch horizontal line took a lot of trial and error. The edges of the molds will be covered with plastic packaging tape to prevent the strips from getting glued to the molds.

The next step is the cut the strips and then route the bead and cove.

First Stem Mold

Monday, January 4th, 2010

I installed the braces for the station molds and the first stem mold. Each of the molds have been marked with a vertical center line and a horizontal line 10 inches up from the base. If everything goes correctly each of the molds will be in alignment in both the vertical and horizontal plane. This alignment does not need to be perfect but I don’t want to start accumulating too many errors this early in the process. The next station mold to be installed is Station 1 followed by station 2, 3, 4 … until I install the other stem. I will setup my laser level to help make sure that the stem mold and each of the station molds are in alignment.

Box Frame Complete

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

The box frame is complete. Built out of tw0 1″x12″x14′ pine boards for the top and bottom and two 1″x4″x14′ Douglas fir board for the sides. I used my air nailer to temporarily keep the box together while I put in decks screws. The next step is the mark the center line on the box frame and start making the locations for the stations. Once the stations are marked cross pieces will be screwed to the box frame. Before the molds can be mounded on the box frame, a center point of each mold needs to be located. I will use a laser lever with a horizontal and verical so I can make sure that each mold is in line with the others.

With this box frame I can easily build canoes between 12 and 16 feet.