Monday, December 2, 2019

Starting a New Briggs

Finally, after finishing some shop to-do’s (and deciding to ignore the rest and just complete them when necessary), I’ve started building a new dory. This one will be a wood frame classic Briggs style and size.

Except I’ve already made some modifications on the lofting, moving station 7 and station 8 slightly aft and forward respectively to enlarge front cross by almost 3”.

Now I’m thinking about decking over the rear with no rear passenger compartment.

Meranti hydrotek marine plywood, picked up at Strait Lumber in Denver. Good folks at this lumber yard.

Stacked all of the 1/4” side panel sheets and cut the scarfs at one time. 

Rolling bevel - Cut the stem at 51 degree angles using my sliding saw with a jig and some clamps. Later I’ll plane down the chine end angle to around 45 degrees.

Then finished up with the frames for stations 1 - 10 in Port Orford Cedar.

Friday, October 4, 2019


Looking at this blogs stats I see almost 50K views since inception, which is staggering. Don’t people have anything better to do than read these ramblings?

Especially you folks in Ukraine who seems to have a special affinity, only surpassed by the USA. Unlike the mess in Washington, I’m glad to report there has been no untoward attempt to influence the content of this blog or the relationship with its viewers.

Back to something simpler and infinitely more rewarding, more lofting...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Lofting a New Dory

Started putting down lots of colored lines for a new dory. Lofting is fun and intricate. Plenty of places to make a mistake. Starting with the dimensions convention - 4 - 3 - 7 is another way of saying 4’ 3 7/8”.

This one will be a classic Briggs, wood framed.

Among these lines are the chine height, sheer height, chine half breadth, sheer half breadth, and outlines of frames 1 - 10.  Here’s a pic of lots of ice picks and a batten to fair the line.

Next up is expanding the transom. 

Here’s some Port Orford Cedar arriving:

Thursday, April 4, 2019


We’re back! Sorry for the pause. What can I say, been busy. Huerfano sits on her trailer in a lonely parking spot awaiting her next river permit. Meanwhile, I’ve been building a new shop. Out of the basement after 21 years. Woo hoo! The kids had a little fun with this for a Christmas present: So we’ll call it the MBS. Anyway, here are some build pics. A few of the framing: