Making sailboat pattern on a bowlThis article by Pekka Svinhufvud
It all starts with a design. I draw all my projects with AutoCad or SketchUp. That way it's easy to scale it to different sizes.
The sailboat figure is divided into horizontal layers. The sky and hull are maple, sails are beech, and the water is merbau. The thickness for each piece can be measured from the drawing.
With my table saw (home made, of course) and bandsaw I rip boards to the right dimensions. Then I thickness sand them on my homemade thickness sander / disk sander.
I sand pieces to the right dimensions and angles with the disk sander. I have a sliding table and a 90 degree fence on the left. I have several depth stops (gray) and these with an adjustable stop block to set a consistent distance between the sanding disk and the stop block. If I need to trim small pieces to the same thickness I use a 90 degree stop block. When I need another angle I modify or make a new stop block.
Main sails back angle and jib sail back surface are sanded. Sails are glued together and foresails front surface is sanded.
Blocks for the sky are cut and sanded.
Hull pieces are sanded to the angle and glued. Then the ends are disk sanded with a fence with a stop to get them all the same length.
The hull of the boat takes shape. Every layer is sanded to the right thickness.
I made a smaller bowl and made sailboat pieces of thicker material, then cut two layers to save time.
Miter angles are cut and sanded. The segments are then glued into a ring.
Homemade miter saw
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