Jonny and I have spent the day getting covered in sawdust in Elizmor’s fo’c'sle workshop, transforming a spare plank of larch and some firewood into a coffee table for the snug.

This is a little project that has been at the back of my mind for a while now, but I don’t really have the carpentry skills to tackle it myself. Jonny is visiting for a few weeks – he flew over from Portgual, where he left his boat, to come and do some work for friends back in England. So what better opportunity than to make the most of his amazing woodwork skills and help me make something cool for Elizmor!

When I bought Elizmor, there were a couple of big planks of larch left by the previous owner – they had bought some to replace a couple of rotten planks, and this was leftover. I’ve always thought it would make the perfect table top. All we needed next was some legs… there’s only one place to go for those: to the sack of firewood! I still have a cubic metre bag of firewood which I bought in Preston last winter, and sailed down to Brighton with it on my foredeck. It’s slowly depleting now as I’m firing up the Rayburn every day in this colder weather, but we managed to find four split logs that would work well as our table legs. I am also going to incorporate some of Elizmor’s original fastenings, which I have, into the table.

Here are some photos of today’s progress – more to follow:

Our chosen chunks of firewood

Our chosen chunks of firewood

 

The 'wood store' in the fo'c's'le

The ‘wood store’ in the fo’c's’le

Jonny's Klingon look

Jonny’s Klingon look

 

An early visualisation

An early visualisation

 

Removing the bark from the firewood legs

Removing the bark from the firewood legs

An early version

An early version before we decided to turn it the other way up and remove the bark

 

A plan emerges to incorporate some of Elizmor's original fastenings

A plan emerges to incorporate some of Elizmor’s original fastenings

A carpenter in his natural environment

A carpenter in his natural environment

 

Banging in the dowels

Banging in the dowels

 

Progress - end of day 1!

Progress – end of day one!

 

 

 

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