Cutting Ply

It feels good to be finally cutting plywood into boat parts — great big boat parts that I can just about carry.

The process is similar to laying out for laminations:  draw a grid on the plywood, measure carefully to the points given on the plans by Mark, join the points and cut.  The forward frames all have subtle curves for the bottom planking, so you have to wrap them around a batten.

It is pretty exacting work — there are dozens of measurements for each frame or bulkhead, and as I wear down pencil after pencil with grids and lines, it’s easy to get confused.  But the first three frames look pretty good.

The pictures are deceptive.  The top and bottom of the frames and bulkheads stay in the boat.  The sides are pretty much temporary to provide a form for the planking.

Laying out bulkheads and frames

Laying out bulkheads and frames

Bulkhead at station 2.  This is the front of the boat.  The anchor line, etc, will live through the round hole.

Bulkhead at station 2. This is the front of the boat. The anchor line, etc, will live through the round hole.

Bulkhead at station 5.  Front of the sleeping area.

Bulkhead at station 5. Front of the sleeping area.

Middle of the sleeping area.

Middle of the sleeping area.

 

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