When two pieces of wood are joined together, the joint can slowly open over the years and water seep in the gap. To stop the water getting in ,a wooden peg can be placed across the joint via a drilled hole.
Today students from Llandrillo College came to see the progress and see how stop water plugs are fitted and used.Students rarely get an opportunity to see these being inserted and the problems involved in doing so.
As some joints meet at different angles , Dave has made a jig which allows the peg to sit across joints at irregular angles.
Once the jig is lined up across the joint ,small pilot holes are drilled from both sides and if the two drills meet, then the hole runs straight through the joint at the correct angle.
This is then hammered home and the ends cut off.
Both Daves were really chuffed the demonstration for the students went well
and were almost unbearable for the rest of the morning !!!!
Garboard plank fitting.....
Once the stop water pegs were all in place ,the garboard planks can now be fitted.Dave the shipright finalised the port pattern and we
"first fitted" the starboard plank by clamping it in place to see what needs tweeking.
Notice that Dave is still grinning from his successful demonstration this morning.
Once suitably gunged up (not a technical term ) the plank was finally fitted and duly nailed home.
Which apprentice Dave ate....
AND Wednesday Phil showed everyone his latest war wound but no one seemed impressed!!!!!!