|Rudder half clamped.|
|Paper template on stock.|
Otherwise the planking went on. I've got it down now. The laddered batten templates are very accurate. I cut 2 full planks at a time taking care to just skirt the penciled trace of the template. Judicious use of the jack plane and belt sander provides a gentle curve. The beveling and cutting of gains has now got a rhythm too. Waiting for the epoxy is what is holding back now, but I do glue both plank stocks at the same time.
|Stock laid out and template set to confirm fit.|
|Nails in pilot holes confirm positions of scarfs.|
|wetting scarf before thickened epoxy.|
|Wax paper separates 2 planks for simultaneous clamping.|
I dorked the corner of 2 scarfs. Luckily they are outside the final plank outline.
The Manning benches are awesome. At 36" they handily make a convenient work surface and can be easily maneuvered for planking operations. Perfect height. Slipping a block of wood under one plank panel helps register the joint with the nails mentioned above. There is also adequate room for slopping in the thickened epoxy after the initial wet-out. I've noted some don't bother with this step, but I want as deep a bond as possible.
I've now 1/2 a hull. 3 planks on, 3 to go, and number 4's stock is curing.
|Went back to drywall screws.|
|3 planks on.|
|Epoxy distorts appearance, but boat is true so far.|
|Bow and template beyond.|