Folk Art Boat
Mark Wilkinson assembles his folk art boat with a deckhouse, a wheelhouse, a smokestack and even a dingy form assorted materials.
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Materials and Tools:
6" x 6" old cedar fence post
wood from recycled old furniture
plumbing cross connector
lawn flamingo leg
old macramé purse
automotive fan belt
original paper design templates
safety gear: safety glasses, ear protection and respirator
front panel of dishwasher
brown paint pen
white acrylic paint
latex house paint, various colors
screws and power screwdriver
1. Trace the original designed template onto the pre-selected block of wood, a 6" x 6" cedar fence post.
2. Wear safety glasses, respirator and ear protection, cut out the hull, deckhouse, wheelhouse and roof pieces of the tugboat using a band saw.
3. Sand and shape all the parts on the belt sander.
4. Paint the hull and the wheelhouse using reclaimed paint from the "miss-tint" bin at the hardware store. Let dry.
5. Join the upper wheelhouse to the lower deckhouse using a long screw.
6. Patina the wheelhouse and the hull, by first sanding the areas for a weathered and worn appearance. Stain with a dark wood stain. Stain the wheelhouse roof. Let dry.
7. Buff all the part/bits on the buffing wheel to produce a nice sheen.
8. Nail the roof onto the top of the wheelhouse. Screw the hull onto the deckhouse from the under side.
9. For windows, cut a rectangle from the front panel of an old dishwasher and using a level, draw lines to divide the rectangle into four window panels using a brown paint pen.
10. Mix a wash of white acrylic paint and water and brush it on a diagonal across the window panels. Let dry. Bend the windows around a glass jar for the proper curve. Glue the windows to the front of the wheelhouse. Let dry.
11. To make the door, cut a narrow rectangle of wood from a piece of old furniture. Sand the edges and round the corners. Attach the door to one side of the wheelhouse using brass nails (to look like hinges) and an upholstery tack for the door handle.
12. To make the portholes, drill two holes the appropriate size for grommets in each side of the deckhouse, one at the top of the door and two at the back of the wheelhouse. Attach the brass grommets with white glue.
13. Use two small pieces of hardware on either side of the roof for running lights. Glue them in place.
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