The THINGS We Do for Art


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Three semi-circles join straight edged framing
Larger to smaller arcs from inboard out
In a minimal interior, what you don’t do is as important as what you do.
Nate Berkus

Moderation in all things, I suppose. In this case, I’m thinking of the balance between Quick ‘n Dirty Git ‘Er Done, and trim-works.

Trick is, not to get carried away.

Trim – in the broad sense of framing, cutouts and rounds – definitely purtifies a space. It delineates areas of paint and may eliminate taping. It helps with cleanup, and keeps spores from their corner crack strongholds.

We know of several builders of simple boats who whizzed through construction of hulls, decks, rig and gear, only to bog down in a jewel box interior. Drown in umpteen layers of varnish. Be brought low by dark, exotic woods, intricately molded and joined. These were their boats, and I applaud their results.

But me? Seems to me that complex interiors befit complex hulls; simple interiors for simple hulls. It seems a mere matter of proportional investment.

We select a few circular containers to trace, with radii that work well together (judgement call). There are only a few ways things come together in a square boat, and we’ll use a given size for each, typical situation. If several arcs are present across a bulkhead, we’ll use larger ones inboard, diminishing radius as we work outboard. A 3in radius or thereabouts – whether traced or cut with a hole saw – is convenient for the smallest.

There’s nothing particularly practical about these standards. Larger radii provide bigger ‘knees’ between framing and therefore more structural support; something to keep in mind. But we have a pretty free hand.

Trick is, not to get carried away.

Note: A router with a round-over bit is very fast, once set up, but we find that, given router set up time, we are often faster by hand. And lacking a router table, our handwork is often superior.
Finish rounding can be simple as well. We round corners with a 45deg sawcut, tangent to the desired arc,  and rasp smooth. Edges get rounded to a 1/4in radius with our handy dandy rounding tool (or rasp over endgrain). Sand smooth, and done.

In a few cases, we may use a bit of molding to cover a raw join. Shim any carpentry voids and caulk (trim in a tube), with a small, finger fillet for ease of cleaning.

All this froo-froo lies along a very slippery slope. One can always go a bit further. Trade time for a higher level of perfection. Complexify. We raise the bar, here, and go back to rework there. Before you know it, things have gotten out of hand.

Trick is, not to get carried away.

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Simple Effects
Ends are merely bedded and butted…
Ply backing provides knee strength
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Straight cuts followed by rounding.
Note the caulk running along the sole lines.

Bad news is that even at this low level, vanity exacts a price. I figure we’ve spent nearly a quarter of our build time on aesthetics, compared to even simpler, trimless approaches.Yeesh! But we hope to cash in on years of pleasure in the contrast of oiled cedar and paint.The good news is that these simple techniques can be relatively quickly combined to dress up the spare, box lines. Some of it is faux (unnecessary); added merely for looks. One could very easily do with even less and use paint to ‘frame’ the interior. But we like it.

Whatever path you take, you’ll likely find that a style of your own quickly evolves. Your boat will have a look that reflects your sensibilities in ways that ‘classic’ styles seldom do. If you build more than one, you may find that each have the feel of home.

Trick is, not to get carried away.

Thanks to reporter Dan H.

Originally posted 2015-04-18 06:24:17.

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