The paddle wheel is powered by rubber bands and it actually goes along in the water.
I remain inept at making videos but occasionally a movie is worth the trouble it brings.
Making the basic boat was an easy project and one were you could include a young person in the process.
|basic size, 11 by 4|
When it comes to making circles I usually find a can or a jar that is the right size. To make the elliptical shape for the bow of the boat I turned to my Red Neck French Curve . The shape is the top from an oval box which once held a full bottle of whiskey. I saved the top for uses such as these, but the whiskey I gave to my favour charity.
Once I cut out the hull shape I decided that I would get a little carried away and so I added a keel and rudders to keep the boat going straight in the water. The extras are only because Kieran knows about the and will look for a keel, trust me, the boat's performance doesn't require the keel.
It is glued with Tite-Bond III, so I am hopeful that the pieces won't fall off, too soon. When they do we will effect repairs in dry dock.
As I was making this project I was struck by how use full my band saw proved to be. I am beginning to think that the band saw is the unsung and under rated tool in a small project shop.
A bunch of years ago I helped a buddy move his shop and at that time I was surprised to see that he did not have a table saw, but he did have a very good band saw. When I asked him about his choice he told me that the band saw served his needs best. My friend was and is a very fine craftsman, maybe I should have taken notice 25 years ago!!!
Time to play in the water.