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I'm pre-bending the first 14 planks. These are the planks about the wales and encompass the gunports. They are 1/8" Basswood and after a short soak, they bent without breaking! The pictures show my jig and soaking tube made of capped PVC pipe.

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I've clamped (not glued) the first two planks after sitting in my jig overnight. Both sides seem to fit very snugly. I guess all my fairing and sanding has paid off. Since the planks have a small downward arch as well as a curve, I will leave them clamped for a while so they keep the arch. I'll assist with some hot air from a hair dryer.

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I've begun planking. Here's the upper wale and two smaller planks above the upper wale. These were relatively easy since there's not much twisting and beveling needed. They were pre-curved in my jig. Only slight beveling. Above these requires nice neat cuts around the gun ports and sweep ports. Below, tapering and beveling, curves and twists.

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This looks very good! And I really like your garage shipyard! In North Carolina we have the same heat problem during summer. It is getting really hot and humid! I might start a little garage project on my own :)

 

Thomas

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6 hours ago, Gahm said:

This looks very good! And I really like your garage shipyard! In North Carolina we have the same heat problem during summer. It is getting really hot and humid! I might start a little garage project on my own :)

 

Thomas

The AC is great. It even heats if it gets cold. BTW I tagged your build site since day one. Nice job.

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Well it took a while, but I finished the first plank course involving the gunports and sweep ports. That's a lot of cuts and none are quite perpendicular since the hull curves. They are all just a little bit off. Now for the same on the starboard side.

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Here I'm installing the trickiest plank yet...the top of the gunports plank. It required I carefully cuy out the top of each gunport so it conforms with the opening. I first just dry clamped the plank into position, then made the cuts with a sharp knife and sanding stick, then glued it into position.

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I've installed the last upper planks. I've made a slight mod to the plans which I will explain later.  I also noticed that one side is 1/32 higher than the other? Go figure. It's an east fix with some sanding, but with all the careful measuring I did for the first plank, something must have slipped in the first gluing.

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