|Clamps of various sorts taming the strips. gaps are left for "cheater" strips.|
This is a good view of the pine inner stem on the plywood bow form. The stem is finish nailed at either end and tack glued hopefully for easy removal later. Note the 1/4" mahogany and full 3/4" yellow pine strips at the shear.
After my stapler broke I elected to used 18 gauge nails to hold the strips on the forms. Clamps and, at times, masking tape held the strips in line for the most part. I think I'll like the residual nail holes as they indicate the hand-made quality (emphasis is still on quality).
|All clamps on deck! Still needed more.|
Some strips had a real twist near the stems. Judicious use of a heat gun helped loosen the ligaments in the wood to allow for easier twisting of the strips where necessary. Otherwise, I suspect the wood might have protested and snapped. This is a good technique here which also helped warm the shop a bit.
|Fender washer & drywall screw persuade a particularly stubborn strip.|
|Appears messy, but stripped to keel on port side.|
|Hot melt glue made fast work of the bottom's more compliant strips.|
|Longer view toward bow.|
|A close up of marching slugs. Joints appear fairly tight. Hull shaping will tell.|
|Centerline shown with 1/8" offset for keel strip.|
|1st pass at triming to the keel.|
|2nd keel trimming to just inside of the line.|
|final straight cut done|
|Port aft quadrant. Yellow pine keel installed. Trimming to commence.|
|Wood strips look nice.|