November - last edited a month ago
Just a quick question,
recently aquired an old wooden row boat I’m converting into a sand pit for my kids. The sides and frame are all in good condition but the ply floor board sections were pretty rotten. I’m thinking of making the new floor from cut down pallet slats screwed into the frame but I’m just curious is to how I would accurately measure the angle to contour the curve of the boat?
hope this makes sense, all advice and suggestions welcome
Contour gauge for curves, it has a set of sliding pins to copy the shape.
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November - last edited November
Sounds like a great project. Don't foget to give them a ship's wheel or a tiller for when your little pirates are sailing the high seas in a gale.
Google "boat sand pit" for more ideas.
Back to your quesion...
I would suggest you just leave the bottom flat to make it more stable. Remember also that if you replace the ply as you would if you were fixing the boat it would be watertight. You want the rain to drain away.
I decided to use pallet slats as the base which I’ve painted and covered with weed matting to allow drainage. Rather than fill the whole boat with sand I’ve boxed out the middle section 6’x3’ so still a good size. I’m going to attach two 6’ treated pine round fence posts as masts next then the back section I’ll build another deck once I’ve figured out how to brace it.
a month ago
Thanks for the update @Millsylad. Great to hear that the advice you received was helpful and the project is progressing well. I hope you can share a photo or two with the community - I'm sure your work will inspire others.
a month ago
There were no batteries or bits attached to the tools in the pic with my apprentices.
All that’s left is weed matting for the middle section, add masts then deck the back 😝