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>> Home > Forum > Any Other Questions! > Building base boards.
Building base boards.
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Colin H.
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Forum Posts: 287
29th Dec 2017 20:52  
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Is there a way to build an adjustable base board that would suit boats of sizes 24" to 60" ( not sailing boats).
I have plenty of room to store it, but not sure how I go about building one. All suggestions gratefully received.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1497
30th Dec 2017 14:22  
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Hi Granpa, that's a 'skirting board' in UK! 😉
Colin means a Building board. Like your own model slipway.
Though I'm not sure what is to be adjustable!? 😲
Cheers Doug 😎


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
Grant me the Serenity to accept things I can't change,
the Courage to change things that I can, and
the Wisdom to know the difference!
Ron
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 130
30th Dec 2017 14:29  
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Thanks, Doug. I am sure with the volume of skilled builders in the U.K. and on this site, someone will be able to engineer a solution. But yes a better understanding of the design problem will help to find a solution. Perhaps a sketch...before and after. Pictures I always told my students save a thousand words.

Colin H.
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 287
30th Dec 2017 16:26  
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Hi Doug, the building board I was thinking of needs to be usable for all types of boats from tugs to fast patrol boats in varying sizes, but also usable for repairs and renovation work. I saw something in my old job that would have been perfect, it was a 6' by 18" cast iron machine bed with t slots at 3" centres lengthwise. It was used for jigging the prototypes I had to build.
But where would I get something like it, I tried to make one from 25mm MDF but the t slots kept breaking away.
Any ideas.
Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
Wingcoax
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 14
30th Dec 2017 19:07  
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Hi Folks, I don't know if it would work, BUT Balsacraft used to market a building jig for aircraft that used "T" nuts on the reverse and sliding plastic brackets on the surface. Could that be modified for boats?

ChrisF
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Forum Posts: 42
30th Dec 2017 21:14  
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Colin - it's a difficult one as obviously it's a completely different matter working on a build compared with a completed boat i.e. you don't have anywhere to grip/attach to a completed hull etc.

I was looking at a building board/jig for my builds (over a smaller range compared with your builds i.e. 23" to 33") but decided in the end that it was better to just use a good thick MDF board and temporarily fix the keel and a temporary spine along the top of the frames to it.

But it sounds like you have already found what suits your needs but it needs making out of some stronger material? What about making it out of thick aluminium or even getting it cut out by an engineering company? Would be worth the cost if you are going to get a lot of use out of it?

Chris


Concentrating on the fine Fairey Marine boats
Colin H.
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Forum Posts: 287
30th Dec 2017 21:35  
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Have explored having it made, but cheapest quote was £300+ vat. That was just for the base board/ table.
And as I'm a pensioner way out of my reach.
I was hoping to make it myself, I have most tools that would enable a self build. Lathe, Mill, Routers, band saw, jigsaw, bench drill, plus all the usual hand tools and air tools.
Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
marky
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 220
30th Dec 2017 22:45  
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what about using a work mate ,they are very adjustable with the plastic peg things ,you could fit longer boards to still allow for width opening if the boards were drilled to take the pegs then custom pegs or brackets cut to suit the hull shape could be fitted ,if i get a minute i will do a drawing /rough sketch a.Cheers Marky

dragon
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 96
30th Dec 2017 23:01  
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Try Blackburn Model Suppers they do Model Building Boards,
They may be able to help

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1497
30th Dec 2017 23:11  
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Sounds very tasty! 😉 With chips? 😜


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
Grant me the Serenity to accept things I can't change,
the Courage to change things that I can, and
the Wisdom to know the difference!
Colin H.
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 287
31st Dec 2017 10:02  
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Hi Marky. That sounds interesting, I have a couple of them laying in the back of shed. Rough sketch might get my brain going again, I was used to working with ideas on sketches when I was a prototype engineer. I think I just need stimulating. Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
Colin H.
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 287
31st Dec 2017 10:04  
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Hi Dragon.
If all else fails I will keep them in mind.
Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
Colin H.
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 287
31st Dec 2017 10:07  
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Hi Doug, I bet your German friends would have a purpose built jig for every eventuality.
Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
marky
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 220
1st Jan 2018 15:58  
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quick sketch for build boards that can either clamp or screw to work mate ,holes to take workmate pegs or custom built holders to suit hull shape ,boards can be of any length and width with holes whatever spacing desired don't know how well the sketch will show up . Cheers Marky👍


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AllenA
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 95
1st Jan 2018 16:24  
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That's great Marky..........Let there be light and there was light.

Wingcoax
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 14
1st Jan 2018 16:40  
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Just the same as the balsacraft items, lugs could be fixed to hull formats to secure to board.

Colin H.
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 287
1st Jan 2018 16:51  
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Thanks Marky, that is exactly the idea I needed, its obvious really, with the shaped grips it's perfect for my restorations and repairs. Very grateful.
Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
Ron
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 130
1st Jan 2018 17:03  
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See a sketch is worth a thousand words, just like I told students back in tech design classes where I taught for 25 yrs.

Great sketch-up done here! I would add foam to the cradle so as not to damage any painted surfaces. Those workmate benches come in very handy.

Colin H.
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 287
1st Jan 2018 18:05  
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My benches aren't actually workmates but just as good, one has 90degree tilting surfaces. I've got some 18mm plywood that will do to make the main boards, and I've also found a box of 100--m5 anchor inserts for wood. So will have to start sorting through my stockpile for other goodies to use.
You sure got my thinking processes started, will let you all know how I get on.
Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
marky
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 220
1st Jan 2018 18:38  
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Glad to have helped kick start the grey matter ,sorry for the spelling mistakes on the sketch .Cheers Marky

Colin H.
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 287
1st Jan 2018 19:26  
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The person who never made a mistake, never made anything, I must have made thousands.
Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1497
1st Jan 2018 20:08  
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'Let there be light!" - And there was a deafeningly loud CLICK!
Lo and behold there was light and you could see for bl---y miles!! 😉


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
Grant me the Serenity to accept things I can't change,
the Courage to change things that I can, and
the Wisdom to know the difference!
BigAlio
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 41
4th Feb 2018 16:46  
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just to add my thoughts i got this few years ago table top workmate measures 40cmx21cm when closed


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Donnieboy
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 24
4th Feb 2018 18:09  
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The sketch from Marky started me thinking.Looks like I'm going to build one.That will work on the regular workmate and the table top one too.Could do a couple of sizes of board depending on the size of the boats.

BOATSHED
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 77
4th Feb 2018 21:01  
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It's great to see 7 read other peoples idea's. Gets one's own brain thinking. Thank's all.


BOATSHED
Ron
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 130
4th Feb 2018 23:03  
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I agree, the workmate makes a good base for our building and repairing projects.
The earlier drawing put forth by
Marky makes good sense


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