This week at the Lowell Boat Shop we did a lot of small projects, but each one was very important. I worked on a spar which is at the top of the mast and makes the sail some what square. To do this we took a square peice of doug fir and laid out the genral shape. The we cut it on the bandsaw to give it a taper, but it still needed to be rounded. To round it we made a jig that would draw 2 lines, this gave us a refrence point to of where we would need to plane the corners to. Once we did that it gave us 8 sides, but that is not very round so on the high points again we planed down to get 16 sides. After that all we needed to do was plane down any high spots and sand. After sanding it was perfectly round and we needed to install some hardware. Other people worked on making some of the final floor timbers, making a rutter, which needed to have lead poured to mnake sure that it had enough weight in the right spots. Also someone made a mallet. That is what we have done recently in the Lowell Boat Shop.
-Andrew Alwin age 15