Week Five

Everything comes together at this point

Everything comes together at this point

This week saw the stems and hog receiving their final shaping before the start of planking next week. We glued up the first two sets of planks using the “nail and string” alignment method that is a design feature of the kit. This method proved to be very easy and accurate. The rudder also got some attention, after shaping the blade the rudder cheeks were glued in place. The tiller gave us a chance to put our laminating skills to use again and also use up some of the left over white oak from the stems.

We had some visitors from Ottawa on Wednesday to have a look at our project. They are very interested in building a St. Ayles skiff once they can find a suitable workspace.

A gauge and temporary batten were used to check correct bevel on inner keel

A gauge and temporary batten were used to check correct bevel on inner keel

How many guys does it take to align a plank?

How many guys does it take to align a plank?

After lining up the plank sections, blocks are screwed to the workbench to prevent any movement prior to gluing up

After lining up the plank sections, blocks are screwed to the workbench to prevent any movement prior to gluing up

A weighty issue – gluing the plank scarfs

A weighty issue – gluing the plank scarfs

Rudder cheeks are glued to rudder

Rudder cheeks are glued to rudder

Laminating the curved tiller in white oak

Laminating the curved tiller in white oak

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One thought on “Week Five

  1. GREAT WORK GENTLEMEN!! My gosh you guys are making wonderful progress. I remain envious even though every day here in paradise is 80 degrees F and sunny.

    I hope friends of the builders qualify for a ride upon completion!

    Best regards,

    Gary Bryson

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