Thursday, January 08, 2009

Stringers in

Stringers in
Originally uploaded by Phil_Parker.
Lots of clamps, pins and alphatic resin later - the stringers are in on both sides. Each is made of two layers of basswood, a method chosen because it's easier to put the front bends in this way than trying to force a single thick strip.

The dust shows I've started to sand the wood to shape and put the chine line in nice and sharp. Basswood (Lime I English I think) is lovely to work and with fine sandpaper takes a smooth finish that is very strokable. At the moment the lines seem to be appearing OK but covering with ply later will show this up better.

I'm still surprised how strong the hull is. I've not had to worry about handling or attacking it with the sanding block.

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