Nov. 2005, I started
From the lofting drawings, moulds, bulkheads and knees were cut.
|The Wooden Boat Centre procured all materials for me including the lumber for the transom seen being glued up here.
|My work area is in the middle. The knees and bulkheads are being glued up.
Here are all the pieces laid out. The moulds aren't shown.
Doesn't look like much.
|Those pieces have to be mounted on something so I was instructed to build a "strongback". This was squared, leveled and bolted to the floor.
Here is the transom, aft bulkhead and 3 moulds mounted on strongback. All are oriented by vertical and the building line... or they are suppose to be.
|After much, and I do mean MUCH adjusting, (like 2 weeks worth of sitting and looking and making small changes) my sense of aesthetics was finally satisfied or maybe I just got tired and I went ahead and mounted the chine and shear boards (horizontal long planks).
|Plywood doesn't come in 20 foot lengths so I had to make my own. I had a hard time believing you could simply glue plywood together but Brian assured me that itís common practice. Above is a poor photo of the plywood stacked ready to make a 10 to 1 scarf. A planer, pad sander and hand plane are used to make a common angle.
Hereís a even more poorly lite shot of the finished angle.
|Two and a half sheets of plywood glued together forming one sheet long enough to make the sides and bottoms of my Sharpie.
|I wisely cut luan (thin, cheap plywood) templates. then traced the shape of the sides and bottoms onto the freshly scarfed plywood.
|You can just make out the luan templates on top of the 2 long scarfed plywood sheets. The shape was traced and then cut with a skill saw.
|Brian (right) and myself checking the fit before epoxying.