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Back Building Ships

Posted by Stev187 on Sunday, April 13, 2008

Okay, we're back at it.  After a break, Owen and I are once again building Great Lakes freighters.  This time we'll build the three ships lost near my grandmother's place on Little Point Sable during the 1940 Armistice Day Storm.

We begin with $12 worth of 1x6 pine boards, all of which are proudly labeled "Made In Sweden."  They also have labels that say "Mixed Sources: Product group from well managed forests and other controlled sources."  What the heck does that mean?  Well, I wanted to find out.  Their web site is, and the following is the opening paragraph from a WikiPedia page about them:

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. Its main tools for achieving this are standard setting, independent certification and labeling of forest products. This offers customers around the world the ability to choose products from socially and environmentally responsible forestry.

Sounds good.  I am glad that our cheap wood was harvested responsibly.  I'm sure it's less harmful to the environment than 2 plastic boats would have been!  This Summer I will be building my first piece of furniture--a loft bed and desk for Owen.  I'll be using this same pine in a very similar way (laminating thin boards).

So, back to our project...  Below you can see our first step, which is laminating the boards into blanks for the hull.

The next step is making them into regular shapes with the table saw.  Owen liked this because it produces paper-thin slices of wood in very long strips.

Again, here are the rough plans for the three ships: the Davock, the Minch, and the Novadoc.


One last thing.  A group called the Great Lakes Modeling Association is dedicated to making models of Great Lakes ships.  They have just started a threaded forum similar to BHO.  I joined to see if we could be part of the crowd.  So far, there doesn't seem to be much of a crowd:


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