Tag Archives: Foremast

Foremast Shrouds

I’m using 1mm Black Hemp line for the Shrouds. I found that they need Pre-Stretching and unwinding so that they become straight.

Here, letting the line unwind naturally

Once the line is unwound and straight,bit makes a beautiful straight line.

Here’s the first one. The knot I used to secure the top is a Clove hitch with an extra locking loop.

Clove hitch with extra loops.
This is how it’s supposed to go on

So far, I have the Burton Pendants and the 1st pair Shrouds on the Starboard side.

Notice the Burton Pendants?…

I decided that the 1mm Line was too thick so I changed to .7mm Line. Which necessitated unwinding and stretching of the .7mm line.

I used a Clove Hitch with extra loops to tie it off.

I used PVA Glue to hold it in place
Using Spacing Tool
DeadEye Seizing

So… On the Deadeyes. I probably should make an entire Post on this subject. In the meantime, this his how the Seizing looks.

Foremast Blocks

I’m adding these Blocks now so I don’t have to deal with going inside the rigging in order to do it later.

I used a Clove Hitch for those Tri-Blocks that go on either side of the Foremast.

I use mostly the Figure 8 Noose for the Blocks and I glue the loose end of the line to the working end.

Also a Taut-Line Hitch… If I’m able. Otherwise I end up doing a simple Square Knot in order to get it tight and do another loop over it.

I put a little eyebolt on the end and then put the line on with a Figure-8 Noise with a loop around the ring.
Cleats

Foremast Top

Planks and Foot Boards on
Dap Weldwood

So I was thinking about making a video on using this Dap contact cement for this particular job. I mean it works perfectly for it and it does a great job. What you do is you put it right around the edge of the Top on both the edging and the surface of the Top. Then you have to wait around 15 minutes or so before sticking it and it does a great job of holding and then what I like to do is to dribble some super glue around it to harden it. And it works great that way.

Dap Weldwood + Superglue works great

Superglue

As you can see, I dribbled a bit of this Superglue around the edges, then quickly dabbed the excess up with Q-Tip.

I like this Superglue for this work
Top Platform

I decided to use the Dowels which I originally made for the Main Mast for the Top Foremast. Everything seemed to fit perfectly except for a slight trim, so why not?

Foremast Top

Mast Hole – Foremast

One of the things I really like about having a blog is that I can really get into the minutiae of whatever I have going on. Making Posts on Facebook or Instagram or whatever, I always feel like I’m being a braggart or whatever. When in fact, the only thing I really want to accomplish with the blog is to have a record of my work. That being said…

Mast Hole – Foremast

While laying the planks down, I always wonder how I’m going to work around the Mast Hole. Of course everybody finds the solution best for them. Here’s mine…

Mast Hole and Mini Rat-tail File I have to be careful because this is my only one… 🤭

While laying down the Planks, I like to take and file down the Planks as they overlap into the Mast Hole. Not to wait until after they’re planked over and drill through it.

Drills tend to dig into and splinter the wood that is this light. Files work a lot better for this work.