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I lost a week traveling, but I'm back to the Drakar.  I'm going with shroud pins instead of the flying cleats, or whatever they're called, that came with the kit.  I decided to laminate up some blanks, so the grain would follow the curve of the pins.  My original plan was to build a mold for the curve, but it would have been time consuming to cut and mate such a tight curve for male and female halves.  I decided to go the quick and dirty rout and it worked out.  I steamed thin walnut veneer and clamped it into a tight U.  After the curve was set, I applied glue and clamped everything together.  

 

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Things dried up into a u shaped walnut block. 

 

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The block was ripped into individual blanks. 

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A little carving and sanding, and this is how they turned out.

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Hopefully this week, I'll make some good progress on the rigging. I'm looking forward to seeing her finished.

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On 4/19/2021 at 7:34 AM, End Of The Line said:

 I steamed thin walnut veneer and clamped it into a tight U.  After the curve was set, I applied glue and clamped everything together.  

Interesting idea to construct laminated shroud pins like that. They came out quite nice looking, and should look great in the rigging.  So far I'm still using the flying cleats that came with the kit.

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