I only got 2 hours of sleep last night thanks to a poorly timed returned from Disney World right at my company’s month-end scramble. Yet still, if it is a boat work night I always seem to find some energy to go down to my basement and work for awhile. I spent some more time on the mast today. I will give you the background.
The mast is 15′ tall and I am making it from Sitka Spruce. I cut two boards 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 15′ and then put a dado down the middle of a flat side on each to make the mast hollow. I used MAS epoxy and a whole lot of clamps to join the two pieces. I let it set for a couple days to get the epoxy good and hard.
Then I used a skill saw to make the 4 sided mast into an 8 sided mast. I followed that up with a block plane to make it a 16-sided mast. Still alot of sanding to do.
I then focused on the taper. The mast tapers gradually starting at 6′ below the masthead. Again, I used the skill saw to remove some more material and a block plane to smooth it out. Next I am going to need to build myself a taper guage to measure the next place to cut to make the 4 sided taper into an 8 sided temper.