Erasmus's blog

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My last quest... I think.

Well, I believe that I have completed my last quest for the ship. That would be the writing of a wee ditty as set forth those many years ago. Inspiration was long in coming on this one as I did not want to settle for some trite easy song for this. Then, like lightning it hit me packing up from a Gyldenholt practice; Won't you go White Scarf go. To the tune of Will ya go lassie go. The captain will have to confirm whether or not that was indeed was my last required quest as him tracking the completion of my quests was part of the bargain, but I'm pretty sure I'm good now.

Poop deck shade update...

So the shad is holding up pretty well save one loop, aft starboard, and I need to replace that. I've trimmed the tassels away from the loops making it easier to set up and take down. Still need to work out some better way of fixing the mid side sections to the supports to keep them from leaning towards the center of the ship. That is all. Cary on.

The Cap'n would be proud...

So we only had 3 at practice tonight but I didn't evoke the Raz rule, well not right away.

Camp cook table...

So I worked the last 2 days on a new cook table for the camp. Since I was working up plans on the fly (my CAD computer took a dumper) it has been a little more challenging than I would have liked with more scrap wood than I'm comfortable leaving. Fortunately, I bought way too much of the oak so I didn't have any supply issues. Well, we'll have some nice hard wood to add to the fire at the beaching anyway. I'm no were near done at this point. The bottom section is fabricated but needs a lot of sanding and then staining. I've not eve begun to work out the upper portion and associated lighting.

Dusack project... Check! Eric poles project... Check!

Done and done; dusacks for the Cap'n. Easy project, just about anyone could make these, provided you've a drill, a jig saw and an angle grinder with a sanding wheel.
Eric/camp perimeter pole project had become quite long in the tooth so since I was already out in the shed with the tools out I drilled the holes for the spikes in the wooden poles, cut the heads off the spikes and pounded them into the holes. So easy I don't know why I've been dragging my feet on this one.

Poop Deck Shade - Finale'

I just came in and cleaned up from making the post mods suggested by our good captain as well as making 2 more of the short uprights for the middle sides (stole them from the 3DC day shade and cut them to length as we, the 3DC, hardly ever used all 8 anyway). All looks well with the new shade now but Kings hunt will be the true test. Who's in to giver her a good work out... No need to reply, I'm just say'n! This will end the posts on the topic unless it fails utterly at the hunt or someone has questions.

Poop Deck shade... Check! (Well almost)

Well, I'm a little slow on the report here but here goes anyway. Jan 1, 2008 we put up the new day shade. It went quite easily. Picks have been put up already so I'll not bother here. I need to rework the vertical poles as the hinge design I settled on will not be sufficient. The easiest fix will be a simple pin and hole set up so that's the rout I'm heading in. I like the looks of it and the size is just great. We can all easily fit under it and the long dags on the side should provide shade well toward dusk. Thanks to the Cap'n and Momma Cat for the kind words as well.

Poop Deck shade... Framework - check!

Well, that wasn't so hard...

I cut to length, routerified to shape, drilled to fit and stained to match all the wood then assembled them into their 3 major components. All in one day, all by myself. Hey, I'm getting good at this shite. Well, good enough anyway.

All that needs doing now for the shade is the first set up so I can work out any kinks that may be in the design and cut the ropes to length. Oh, I need to pick up some spikes too, but I'll get those around the corner from practice on Tuesday.

Poop Deck shade... Sewing sewing sewing.

I'm just say'n... Even our poop deck shade out ranks the captain of another ship...

It's not quite done, nor it it going to be perfect, but we broke the back of it today. It should make a day shade roughly 19' x 17' (tapered 2' in towards the back to make it like the ones on the ships.) The wood part should be easy enough to do and the only sewing left is to attach straps to fix it to the frame. I fully anticipate having it up for the New Years Day practice down here in Gyldenholt (1PM) if you want to see it first hand. Sorry, bit of a proud pappa at the moment.

Poop deck shade, suplimental

I negotiated with one of my coworkers to fabricate some of the more complicated steel brackets I designed for the shade. Net price $0.00. He actually had a friend of his laser cut them from scraps around other work he was doing and is using a press break to form the bends. I should have them next week. I'll still need to fab the 6 upright brackets but they should be failry easy to do. Any one got a good source for a decent sized ship's lantern? Something about 18"-30" tall would be ideal.

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