November 30, 2023
Calliope Girl 19
It was a non-visual day. I was out of the shop for the morning, but upon my return I started by making some wooden templates of the proposed new chainplates for forward lowers. After measuring the length of the knee belowdecks at the forward location (12″), I cut strips of 1/4″ plywood (the same thickness as the existing sets of chainplates) to the proper width and length, allowing 12″ below the deck level and the same amount protruding above as on the other two sets. I used one of the existing chainplates to mark and drill the bolt- and pinholes. I did this now because I’d been in contact with a machine shop and had arranged a time later on to drop off the old chainplates and patterns for replication.
With the templates complete and all the chainplates ready to go, I killed some time by cleaning up the shop a bit, then took the chainplates to the machine shop for the appointed time to discuss the work with the machinist.
Total time billed on this job today: 3.75 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 26°. partly clear. Forecast for the day: Mostly sunny, 41°