February 21, 2016 Hours spent building to date: 2,174
We’re still in a phase involving pretty basic carpentry, so things seem to be moving right along. Having watched every episode of This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop over the past 20 years may have helped.
The small drawers under the dinette went in with no problem at all. Since that was a new build-out I could establish square areas to work in from the very start.
While waiting for galley equipment to arrive, I sanded, filled and primed the sleeping area. It still needs trim, but a lot of that can wait until the boat is in the water. With enough varnish buildup on the desk drawer fronts I could install the handles (antique brass) and actually start using them for things that always seem to be in the way.
I was wondering how to get wiring through the head safely, since it is a “wet” area and will have to be sealed in. I stumbled across a pile of PVC pipe at the hardware store and that problem was solved.
Piles of boxes from Defender Industries suddenly started arriving at the shop, so it was time to start the galley. I went down to the local IKEA and picked up a piece of beautiful oak butcher block for the countertop — all of $139! It was so beautiful, I hated to start sawing holes in it, but duty called and the sink and cooktop are in. To get through the oak, I had to run down to the hardware and buy a metal-cutting blade for my tired old jigsaw. With a wood-cutting blade, I would still be down at the shop.
The sink is a deep, Elkay bar/prep sink — much better than the “marine” sinks in the catalogs. It is 18 gauge and has a special coating sprayed on the outside to keep it from sounding like hail on a tin roof whenever you use it.
The cooktop is an Origo alcohol stove that works with a wicking action like a candle. I have been using these stoves for 30 years and they are a great alternative to propane. In the TV show the real Tardis gets blown up a lot, but I want to avoid that on MV Tardis.
Origo is a Swedish brand that is actually manufactured in Slovakia by Dometic, which used to be part of Electrolux. The Tardis Project supports world trade.