Sunday, March 6, 2016

Ribs, roves and rivets

Note: This post continues from earlier Building a Lighter for Norfolk Island's cargo

Work continues with John Christian Bailey and Dean Burrell of JCB Cabinets hammering in the ribs. There are 43 ribs, spaced 200 mm apart.  The ribs are fastened firmly to the hull using copper rivets and roves. A rove punch is made of heavy steel and is an essential tool for neat copper nail and rove work. Traditional copper cut nails used with matching copper roves to form a copper rivet. These nails are extremely robust, easy to drive and when the wood fibres become damp and swell, will never work loose.



Regular posts on the building of the lighter will be uploaded to this blog.