Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Scary cutting

Started my day by cleaning up the centre board "plug" I glued yesterday, it is a little warped but I think I can get it straight again.

Then it was time for the dreaded cut of the bottom plank. Not sure why this felt so scary but I guess it has to do with the fact that it is the first really important cutting I have done on the build. It actually went very smooth and after cleaning up the edge with a block plane it looked quite nice (and actually symmetric!).

Bottom plank before planing the edge

After this I started to prepare the strongbox for the bottom by cutting and screwing the cross pieces to it. Tomorrow I will make the uprights that the bottom will rest on to get its correct curve.

Strongbox with cross beams, the bottom plank is on the floor to the left and the piece of wood on top is the centre board.

Finally I did the last coating of the frame and stem, now all they need is a sanding and for me to fit some support timber on some of them before they can be mounted on the boat.

Time today: 2.5h


  1. that IS scary! so much easier working on paper--the back of envelopes! bravo!!! I would need to lube with a good vino or local brew before that first cut.

  2. Thanks! Not sure if a good vino lube would improve my cutting skills, but I sure needed it when I was done ;)