At long last,I believe I have the sheer clamps replaced in a working manner. Man,oh man,was that an mistake that added time to the project! Just getting the broken ones off took several nights of careful digging for the nails with a tack-puller and cutting the goop with a utility knife. Exhausting [...]
At the beginning of Howard Chapelle’s seminal tome Boatbuilding,there is a 4-page introduction in which Chapelle goes through the entire building process at a 10,000′level. After talking through getting out molds,cutting the rabbet,and installing deck beams,Chapelle devotes the final paragraph to a subject that one must assume is of equal [...]
So I got the plywood,some good quality,from what I can tell,marine fir. That in hand,it was time to start getting big pieces together,starting with the sides.
The plans call for five 4×8 sheets of 1/4″plywood,2 1/3 of which go into the sides. The Getting Started in Boats [...]
While I wait on the plywood I have been preparing the sheer clamps and chine logs,which I took out of 10′and 12′1x. I thus have had to –and the write-up in Getting Started in Boats assumes this –scarf pieces together for these fore-and-aft members. I am not a very steady [...]