I began by remaking the 2 forward covering boards, even though I had a good template (the old ones) this still took quite a while, but I got there in the end.
I re-did some more stanchions swapped others and opened up the clearance between covering board and stanchions on most of them, meaning there is more clearance than I would really like, though if I don’t tell anyone no one will know. 😁
Moving away from the covering boards and stanchions, while still not quite complete, I still need to trim the inside edge of all the covering boards.
This deviation is partly because I don’t really know what to do next, I still have concerns about the stanchions, currently I am considering making up the capping rail and temporally fitting it.
I thought I would make a start on the main fish hatch coaming. Firstly consulting Ted Frost’s book to get material thickness, then making up the required material, I chose what I think is Kauri pine because I have plenty of it and I find it quite nice to work with.
Going by Ted’s sketch there was also an opportunity to have a go at some miniature joinery, something I don’t have any real experience with, one thing I did find out is Kauri pine is not really well suited to miniature joinery.
After several hours of enjoyable work I had the beginnings well under way and with a reject/spare front piece that nearly turned into two rejects/spare front pieces, I trimmed too much off the side of the first one and the second one ended up too short so there was nearly a third one made though after some careful consideration small packing pieces were added to the second one, of course the aft part of the coaming joints were a beautiful fit first time.
Next I wanted to make the angled rebate where the covers locate into. To do this I dragged out the Proxxon router attachment once again, I found that I wasn’t happy with the fence on this so I machined it flat on the mill.
Next I made up a block with the correct angle to use as a guide, then stuck it to the fence with double sided sticky tape.
I cut the rebate in several passes not wanting to try and cut it all in one pass.
That’s about it for the moment, more to come soon ( I hope ).