The starboard side planking is done. Since the remaining gaps were irregular, I used dividers to measure the spaces at 6″ intervals and then transferred them to 2 planks that were pre-glued together. I then connected those points with a batten and planed it out…a few iterations with both electric and hand planes. It was similar to finding the shape of the whiskey plank for canoes (i.e., the last plank to close up the hull). I still have a lot left before I can call that side done (plane it fair, sand, add the guard and spray rails, plug up the screw holes and fiberglass…..) but I can say that the starboard side is closed up!
Pre glued planks. I used dividers to find the gap sizes, tranferred to my pre-glued planks, connected the dots, and then planed out the shape.
Planing in progress
Planks in place. I had to do some dialing in but it worked out pretty well. Since I couldn’t use clamps, I nailed the planks into the ribs. I’ll take out the nails once the epoxy dries and replace with screws.
I need to leave the port side open for now in order to finish the outer stem.
The outer stem had to be redone. I tried to force down too many ash laminations last time and unfortunately ended up with gaps that couldn’t be faired out. Live and learn. Since I’m capping the outer stem over the inner stem, that connection needs to be tight and waterproof. There’s just no wiggle room on that. So, I got some threaded rod, fender washers and bolts to pull down 1/8″ ash laminations as I add them on. The threaded rod is 1/8″ to 3/16″ undersized, and the fender washers have tape on the bottoms so things won’t get stuck after boards are epoxied. I saw this method on youtube, video is linked here (tipsfromashipwright).
I’ll dry fit and add them on one or two at a time to ensure I get the conformity I need, then will epoxy them together, and repeat the process until done. The first lamination will be attached to the inner stem with 5200 marine sealant. There’s a good reason that stuff is called “the devils glue”. It really works.
First ash lamination dry fitted. The holes will later be used for carriage bolts. I used threaded rod and fender washers to ensure a tight fit to the inner stem.
Dry fit successful, ready to apply 5200 between the inner stem and first lamination.
I also got a second order of wood a month or so ago. I get it from a local cabinetmaker, Bruce Long Woodworks, and it’s really good stuff. Tight vertical grain dfir and very nice looking ash.
I used some of the dfir planking for decorative woodworking this year, plus I needed spray rails, sheer clamps, etc,…so…I got more wood. Below is what I ordered. A word of advice, 20′ lengths of ash are pretty difficult to find, expect to get shorter lengths and scarf them together.
– Planking – 30 pieces at 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 16 feet
– sheer clamp 2 pieces at 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 14′
– shelf 2 pieces at 1 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 14′
– Spray rails – (2) at 1 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 20′
– guard (4) at 1 x 2 3/4 x 20′
– Outer stem – 12 pieces at 1/4 x 5″ x 7′
– Transom planks – 5 pieces at 1/4 x 6″ x 7′
Next step is to finally finish the outer stem. I also need to get the boat on bigger casters so I can wheel her in and out of the garage. The holidays will slow me down some but I’ll keep plugging away.