Dinghy Dismay continued

Sand was applied to the base after the first batch of cattails, then the second batch was glued in place.  I am using a mix of coarse, dark, Pacific Ocean beach sand and fine, pale, Lake Michigan beach sand.

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I sunk a rusty coffee can anchor, just like my grandpa's ♥, and began gluing in lilypad stems.

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The bases of the second batch of cattails were sanded, the third batch glued in, and the terrain elevated at the rear of the piece.

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The lilypads are being shaped now, I need to decide on placement before I glue more stems in place.  I am planning to use one of Nancy's pointy leaved echeveria kits to make a few flowers, hopefully that kit is one I have already.

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I dug through my stash on a search for appropriate wildlife.  I found a couple of butterflies and a duck.  The duck is a decoy so most likely won't be used here, unless he was left in the boat.

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I am going to attempt sculpting some minnows and tadpoles.  Wish me luck.


Dinghy update

I've taken a bazillion pictures  of the contest build over the last few days. I have not been happy with any of them yet. It's a  very vexing process.  I'm going to take a break for a couple of days then come back to it.

Meanwhile, I finished the dinghy Dismay.  I cut some balsa seats, and saved the mahogany ones for a future build. I also held back the oarlocks and didn't install the inwales.   I sanded a hole in the bottom, then distressed the finish.

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I'm a bit worried about the stability of the cattails.  Am contemplating.

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dinghy dismay

I won more eBay auctions than expected, so have three dinghy kits.  :D  I decided I would utilize one to experiment on.

The new glue I auditioned, Quick Hold, did not perform well.  I will revert back to the kit manufacturer's suggestion of cyanoacrylate adhesive (superglue), but will add wood glue where appropriate.

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I dyed the wood before assembly this time, which I thought would aid in the sanding process (all pieces have to be sanded to fit during construction).  It worked wonderfully, I was better able to see where I was sanding, helping me keep straight, even planes. Aesthetically, I don't like the red paired with mahogany, so will have to buy different colors.

Now I am at the point where I have to decide whether to keep going with this dinghy (using superglue) and finish it to be grungy, or abandon the build.  A vision of it sunk, tilted, into a landscape of cattails and lily pads, has formed in my mind, perhaps I'll use it for that.

The dinghy kit is much easier than the skiff, as the frame is stable.  I look forward to building the next two.


The Skiff

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The skiff was insanely more difficult than the dory.  Carving, measuring and cutting stripwood, precision sanding, a lot of regluing parts that pop off or break...profuse cursing.  I am happy with how it turned out, and found the challenge very rewarding.

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I made this boat for my husband.  It joins his end table flotilla in the living room.

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Next up...

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