More Planking

December 23, 2014  Hours spent building to date: 467

Holiday duties have slowed things down a little, but Ray and John have been helping scarf and lift, so we got a couple more planks on.

Had a bit of an oops with the port-side second plank.  I started with the starboard side and had been planning to take off some width up by the keel, and cut the pattern accordingly.  But when I did a dry fit at the chine, it looked fine all the way around, so I cut the starboard side with no trimming.  Very proud, great fit.  Then I flipped the pattern over for the port side, trimmed a bit at the chine and cut the plank from the pattern..  But I forgot that I didn’t want anything off at the keel, so now I have an 1 1/4 inch gap at the forward end.  The plank still comes way up the inner keel so no strength was lost, but it will need a filler strip (and looks like hell).

From now on I am making a separate template for each plank.  There are just too many markings and too much to remember from side to side, the wood is inexpensive and the patterning process isn’t hard.

I am not fond of scarfing planks on the boat.  There is a lot more precision and control on the bench.  But they look okay so far.  I’m simply clamping them between a ply strip and pieces of pine (which draws up nicely using drywall screws), all of them wrapped in packing tape.

Note to Mark:  the WordPress spellchecker will not let me do “s c a r p h”.

Merry Christmas to all.  Off until Friday.

Small DeWalt planer takes down the edges.

Small DeWalt planer takes down the edges.

Ray with "Wild Thing" his giant Makita belt sander.

Ray with “Wild Thing” his giant Makita belt sander.

Festool sander does a great job cleaning up, evening lines on scarfs.  Plus I don't breath a lot of dust.

Festool sander does a great job cleaning up, evening lines on scarfs. Plus I don’t breath a lot of dust.

John spreading epoxy.

John spreading epoxy.

Screwing planks down.  Chine looks good so far.

Screwing planks down. Chine looks good so far.

When cleaned up, this will do.

When cleaned up, this will do.

Scarfing system.

Scarfing system.

**^*()$ gap.

**^*()$ gap.

No humps or hollows so far.  Angles look fine from straight on.

No humps or hollows so far. Angles look fine from straight on.

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