Workshop Blog

The Trouble with Junior Cont.

We are still working on the very long and time consuming job of taking out all the old screws from our 1954 designed Yachting monthly junior. But in the mean time we are going about the job of removing the old varnish and strengthening the old ply wood. I do...

The Trouble with Junior - Part 2

Junior is a 1954 designed yachting monthly junior by Kenneth Gibbs On our Last notice we had stitched the boat with nylon nails to prevent any loss of shape. The hull of this boat is built of gab boon ply on frames. This is a good strong and simple method...

The Restoration of Junior - Part 1

We are always having interesting and unusual projects turn up that need that certain black bear magic. Recently we were asked to save a 1954 designed yachting Monthly junior designed by Kenneth Gibbs. The boat was delivered to us on its trailer, but the whole lot had been loaded onto...

Using Epoxy to repair doors and Brickwork

Our workshop has seen better times as far as the brick work is concerned. It has suffered with wind and water damage that has left the walls quiet weak and difficult to attach things to. So now we are looking at strengthening and stopping the faces of the bricks being...

Drilling and Tapping

We are at that point were we are having to look at making up the ballast keel (box). The box is going to be made of 22mm mild steel with stringers that are out of 60mm plate which is to be drilled and tapped with 22mm holes. when the box...

Tools in the workshop sanding

I have often been asked about what tools I use in the work shopped why I picked that make So today I will be looking at the sanders and grinders we use, ones we no longer use and ones I wish we could still get. We have 3 main types...

Mast Repair

Some of you may be aware that our main mast for the boat was hit by a mad woman driving a Toyota fortunately no one was injured but the Toyota was severely damaged and we had some marking on the mast. now our problem was that the mast had been...

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