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Round-Stern Workboat

April 16, 2018
I am starting a new project - a diorama of a small boatshop. It will be loosely based on a real boatshop like this:

Boatshop

It's not my intention to exactly match the above - that's just my inspiration. There will be a 16 foot skiff under construction. Nothing behind the door or windows - they'll be blacked out. I've never done a diorama before other than the kit of Dora Bella I did many years ago, so it should be an interesting experience and I expect to learn a few new things. I really enjoy making small tools and other details, so it should be fun as well. Scale will be 1:16. The building will be about 17" wide and 11" tall. The deck under the shed roof about 8-1/2" deep.

I got started this past weekend making the base board and back board. Got some planks cut out for the siding and have started framing in and planking the facade of the building. I'm using a spare pine board I found out in one of my sheds for most of the construction although the baseboard and backboard are 1/2" plywood.

Baseboard
Baseboard
Framing
Framing

April 19, 2018
The facade and deck are planked with battens between the boards on the facade and are stained. Spent three days working on the windows and door. Started the workbenches late this afternoon. They still need to be stained. Haven't decided yet if they will have a shelf underneath.

Windows
Windows
Door
Door

April 21, 2018
The major construction is done now although nothing is glued down to the deck yet. At this point, I can start in on making all the little details.

Progress
Progress
Progress
Progress

April 30, 2018
The boatyard is on a bit of a hiatus right now. Yard work season is here and I've put the boys to work outside. They are kind of slow and there's a lot to do, so there won't be much progress here for a while.Once things heat up out there, they'll be begging to come back in.

July 19, 2018
Yardwork has slowed down some, so I'm back to modeling. I actually built another model since I quit working on the boatshop. It's a Smith Island Power Skiff. As soon as I finished that, I wanted to get back to the boatshop. I don't think it will take too long to finish. That said, it took the better part of two days to make the signs and the vise on the workbend and, yes - it really works. Fun little project. More details to come.

Signs
Signs
Vise
Vise