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Your planking looks like a museum piece to me, Greg.  I looked back through your log and I think that posts #13-15 are critical to your success at this point.  Future Winnie builders should take note.  The time and effort you put in on aligning them is the foundation of how amazing your planking looks now.  Excellent job!

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Thanks guys for the encouragement; and everyone for the likes.  

 

I've really come to love the cedar and the variation of texture and color between each billet.  It seems that a couple coats of WOP and a few weeks to mellow pulls things together.

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Thanks Matt.  That's really nice of you; I wish I could go back and re-plank the 1st belt again, such a learning curve.

 

I had to go back and look at those posts and I think if I were to do it again (especially using birch plywood), I would have gone outside and used a palm/mouse sander to pre-fair those bulkheads as much as possible before getting them on the ship.

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Getting close to the end of Chapter 2 and I'm finding an extreme feeling of satisfaction tempered by a bit of sadness that the planking is almost done.  

 

First, the big oops on this belt.  Somehow missed the proper shift on both sides for the 2 planks in the belt closest to the keel.  Wasn't paying attention to my tick marks.  Regardless, they are not visible when then the ship is turned upright, so I decided not to pull them, but figured I'd call it out as it's noticeable in pictures.

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I've been working my way back, sanding and applying WOP as I go.  

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By luck it worked out that the final planking at the stern is book-ended with short planks.

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3 planks left to go on each side...I've decided to alternate, so the final plank will be the middle one.  My concern up to this point was that my stern planks weren't rising to the tick marks and I was going to need a stealer, but it looks like the final 3 planks will just squeeze in without needing to get creative. 

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Just a few more planks to go...I'm thinking Saturday will be time to break out the Scotch.

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Thanks Chuck and everyone for the likes.  Looks like a larger plank won't be in the cards.  I'm going to need to thin out the installed plank closer to the wales over the last couple bulkhead and off the stern.  Looks like I spent too much time worrying about nothing.

 

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Thanks Edward.  It feels nice to be done with the planking.  I'm especially happy to.be done with heavy sanding for a bit.

 

I've been sanding to 220 and applying WOP as I've worked my way back, so my next few days are going to be continuing to apply additional coats while sanding down to 320 as well as finally painting  the bottom of the wales.  Plenty of time to build a cradle as well. 

 

This afternoon I took a crack at the sternpost and put a pin in Chapter 2.  Looking forward to a few days cleanup and poring over chapter 3.

 

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Brought her out to the backyard to take some shots in the better light.

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I'm lifting my Pepsi to you and your amazing planking job! I wish I could raise a glass of the real stuff but it would P.O my docs and my wife :) Next to Chuck's planking videos, your log will see me through. Thanks again Greg for documenting it all. Simply brilliant

 

Ron

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Thanks Ron.  Appreciate the kind words.  It's amazing how much easier planking became after watching those videos.  I wish I had practiced edge bending a bit more before starting below the wales.  

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