August 19, 2010

Build a Dinghy: Part 27

After the glue-up cured, I used a pull saw, rasp, files and sandpaper to cut and shape the oarlock pads to their final dimensions. Now to drill for the hardware--the oarlock socket seen here. This required a 3/4" spade bit for the center hole, where the locks go and a pair of stepped holes for the bronze, flathead wood screws that secure the sockets to the blocks. (The holes are stepped to account for the difference in diameter between the threaded part of a woodscrew and the unthreaded shank, just below the head. Here's how they came out.