Maury S Posted August 11, 2014 Share #1 Posted August 11, 2014 (edited) As a diversion, I've started an 18' cutter with a plug and instructions from Admiralty Models. I don't think they offer the plug any more, but the instructions can be found via a Google search. The various parts of the keel assembly are each a different thickness, so I used my Byrnes thickness sander to get the right dimensions. The keel is 3 1/2" sided, the stem 3" the stem apron 4 1/2", sternpost 3" and the sternson knee and transom are 1 1/2". I chose to make the apron separate from the stem and getting it to match the after side of the stem takes some care. I thought it easier than cutting it in one piece as David Antscherl did in his practum. Lining the pieces up for gluing was a matter of sanding several shims to get the pieces centered on the keel with a proper fit. No rush job here. Prepping the plug is easy, with adjustments where the apron fits...just a series of sanding the inner slot equally on both sides (count the strokes) until the apron fit snugly. Once that was done, I used the keel assembly in the plug to align and glue on the transom. Maury Edited August 12, 2014 by Maurys dgbot, Omega1234, Elmer Cornish and 7 others 10 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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