Landlubber Mike Posted March 15, 2014 Share #1 Posted March 15, 2014 (edited) Hi everyone, One of my next builds is going to be the Corel Unicorn. I plan to start it in a month or two, but was taking a look at the kit now to see if there are any issues that I might have to address. One is that the keel is slightly warped. The keel is made of either walnut or mahogany, and is a full piece that includes the bow and false keel - areas that will not be planked over. I'm planning on replacing most of the kit wood and going with swiss pear for the hull, which would include the bow and false keel. So, I'm trying to figure out what I should do. I was planning on cutting off the bow and false keel, and building new ones out of pear to attach to the kit's keel. But since the keel is warped, I'm wondering if I should just get myself new plywood since I'm going to be building the bow and false keel anyhow (rather than trying to straighten out the keel from the kit). My gut is telling me that I should just go ahead and reconstruct the keel so I don't have to worry about warpage. I have a scroll saw, so I think I should be able to cut a new one out without much problem. Does anyone think this is the better course? If I was to stick with the original keel, to un-warp it, do you soak it and clamp it between two straight boards for a few days? One more question - when constructing the bow and false keel, should I make them slightly larger so that the rabbet is cut into the pear, or should I construct them so the rabbet line ends at the plywood (i.e., the rabbet would be cut into the plywood)? My Caldercraft kit had walnut pieces for the bow and false keel and I believe took the latter approach which seems reasonable to me, but I thought I would see if anyone had a better suggestion. Alternatively, should I just reconstruct the keel out of a single piece of pear, so that I don't have to worry about cutting out separate pieces for the keel out of plywood, and the bow/false keel out of pear? I wasn't sure if pear is solid enough to serve as the keel when most kits I've seen use plywood. Thanks in advance! Edited March 15, 2014 by Landlubber Mike Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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