Archive | April, 2012

1969 Ranger Dinghy – Initial Wood Prep

So having acquired the lovely Goncalo Alves (aka tigerwood or zebrawood), the next step was to get it ripped and planed to the correct   dimensions. Industrial Strength Dean and his Workshop of Wizardry came in handy for this part. In no time at all, we had produced the boards we needed.

Dean also had some black walnut for which he had no immediate use and he graciously helped us chop those pieces into the blocks that will be sandwiched between the rails.

The right tools make all the difference and Dean has them all. I think my favorite was the heater in the garage. I can work a lot longer if I’m comfortable; few things cut a project day short like me being cold. This won’t be a small project by the time we get done, but both my husband and my daughter will be happy about it. Well worth doing!

Refurbishing 1969 Ranger sailing dinghy

My daughter turns 16 in a few weeks. This year, she has expressed interest in learning to sail. In honor of those two things, Magic Brock and I are refurbishing his 1969 Ranger sailing dinghy. Rich Passage still makes a form of this little vessel under the name Minto (for that whole story, see their website) and they will be the ones from whom we get a replacement sail and daggerboard. I’d love to get a spruce mast for her, but for now we will make do with the aluminum one that Brock had used in the past.

It is, of course, immediately obvious that all of the wood around the perimeter will need to be replaced. The teak seats are in decent condition; a light sanding and oil will bring them back to good shape.

I was thrilled because this meant that a trip to the “fancy wood store” was in order. Mahogany, purpleheart, cherry, teak, padouk, all just waiting to be worked into lovely pieces of art on a boat (to my mind, at least). Rockler Woodworking here in Seattle is a great source for hardwoods.

Goncalo Alves was my choice for the project. It has a beautiful reddish tone to it. My understanding is that there are two species of GA, one of which has more distinct striping and is called tigerwood. This one doesn’t have much striping to it, which is fine. It should be gorgeous when finished!