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12 Day Rd
Rockingham, WA, 6168
Australia

0423 284502

With over 20 years experience in wooden boat building and repair Tony O'Connor is pleased to discuss any aspect of Wooden boat construction mast and spar construction and repair as well as outfitting boats of all construction methods with boat owners in Perth Western Australia.

Tony is  also available to cut CNC parts to order for customers.

Tony is also delighted to be the Australian builder for Francois Viviers gaff yawl Jewell design and is the authorised  supplier of cnc kits for Jewell ,and will be happy to supply complete or partial  kits for other Vivier designs to  costumers requirements

 

Naval cadet boats

Construction of Jewell began in May 2014.

 

Goat Island Skiff

tony o'connor

Now that I am back from Hobart, work has started on a Goat Island Skiff. This is a new venture for me as the skiff parts are cnc cut from files supplied by Clint Chase

 http://www.chase-small-craft.com

The kit is quite small ,6 sheets of 6mm plywood and is very easy to assemble.

This picture shows the 3-d cnc scarf that Clint uses to join panels, this is the hull bottom.

Both ends of the bottom panel waiting to be glued together.

 

Bottom panel glued together

Bottom panel glued together

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Gunwales fitted

Gunwales fitted

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Stem and forward frame

Frames attached to cross pieces

This is the sole , sheathed with glass cloth and covered with peel ply.

I have made a special two piece bench for gluing plank scarfs.

Garboard being sheathed.

Naval cadet boats.

tony o'connor

Construction has begun, like all of Francois' cnc kits the building frame including supports for the frames are cut first, these are usually either structural ply or mdf.

Cross support and after end of building frame, these pieces are joined with the same zig zag scarfs used in the planking.

Building frame base.

Building frame with cross supports.

Cross pieces showing indents, the number of indents corresponds to the frame position, this is frame 7.

NEW CNC

tony o'connor

Proud an all as I was of building my own cnc machine I had reached a stage where a faster machine was needed so given the interest in Francois Vivier kits I decided to buy a new commercial machine. It was a long process having it built and shipped and then commissioning  here but it is now up and running and I am pleasantly surprised how fast it is. It also has a vacuum table which means no need for clamps and weights to hold down materials , which was a pain and occasionally the cutter would hit one and ruin the work and the cutter.

Finishing hull.

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The final few weeks passed in a flurry of activity as I pushed to complete the boat for the Hobart show, unfortunately there was very little time for pictures

Side view of cockpit

Side view of cockpit

Cockpit looking aft.

Cockpit looking aft.

Cabin roof panel made from 2 cnc cut pieces.

Cabin roof panel made from 2 cnc cut pieces.

Laminating jig for cabin roof.

Laminating jig for cabin roof.

Laminating cabin roof.

Laminating cabin roof.

Companionway looking forward.

Companionway looking forward.

V berths.

V berths.

Companionway looking aft, the spaces either side of the centreboard case are for a port-potti and esky.

Companionway looking aft, the spaces either side of the centreboard case are for a port-potti and esky.

The centreboard is cut from three pieces of 18 mm ply, this is the centre piece with 30 kg of lead inserted.

The centreboard is cut from three pieces of 18 mm ply, this is the centre piece with 30 kg of lead inserted.