|Trying to get the threads at a|
consistent height. Nobody will
care, but I like the look.
I've got a stone boat. A nice, big one. A really nice, big, heavy one.
The head is cast iron, with a fresh coat of paint. Southern yellow pine planks, outfitted with painted, chamfered and planed battens. It's heavy. And a little too nice to leave outside in the elements. (I store it inside, but how I get it there may be the topic for another post down the road).
|2 minutes with a block|
plane adds a gentle chamfer.
In early summer, a friend of mine was discarding some very lightly used 16-foot 5/4 deck boards (my favorite price) so I cut them into 4 foot lengths, ripped one a little narrower to fit the width of the head - 32 inches - and bolted them together using new 1/2 inch carriage bolts and a little Phil Wood waterproof grease.
|I try to grease every nut. Cheap insurance.|
Since I had the boards all ready, I gave them a coat of oil-based stain in my favorite shade of blue. I think it was called "I-have-this-on-hand-from-another-project-maybe-the-ox-cart" blue. It generally coordinates with the "Ink Blue" Rust-Oleum spray paint that was on sale for $3 at Meijer this week.
Too bad it turned out so nice. Kind of a shame to leave it outside. Maybe I should be on the lookout for another stone boat head. . .
|A little small for big Brutus, but he doesn't mind.|