The uneven joints between the outwale, hull and inwale are brought flush with various sanding tools
Rough Sanded Gunnel
Getting it Smooth
Starboard Gunnel Glued
Plug the Scew hole at Bow end of the gunnel
Clamping is Hard.
At the bow end where the angled shape makes clamping near impossible, I employ some "cheats" to keep the clamp ends from sliding off.
Waiting for Glue to Dry.
Most of the time spent building the boat is wasted on waiting for stuff (glue, epoxy, paint, etc.) to dry.
Rough Shape the Bow
I begin the process of shaping the gunnels and breasthook. Final shaping will be done with sanders, spokeshaves and rasps. Gaps will be filled before varnish is applied.
Gunnels Rough Shaped.
3/4 View of Gunnels
The stem will be leveled with the breasthook and capped with a decorative piece to come.
Extending the Gunnel
I cut a small piece of stock to fill in the gunnel at the back of the boat.
Gunnel Extension Glued
Epoxy and clamps....you know the drill
Epoxy and Clamps to Clamp the Clamps
Shape the Stern knees
Using a sander and rasp, I shape the stern knee to meld the transom corner to the newly applied gunnels
Sanding and Shaping
More refining necessary
Sanding the Interior
The interior epoxy is sanded to smooth out any imperfections and create a good bond between the hull and the seat/storage boxes to come
Transition of Gunnel to Breasthook
Refining and Sanding....Rinse Repeat
This is a Window in the Plans so I can see my centerline drawn underneath
I use the station plans to roughly lay out the seat supports. I'm using 3/4 mahogany plywood for the vertical supports. Plywood is dimensionally stable...a/k/a it wont expand or contract when exposed to moisture.
Rough it out on the Bandsaw
The outline is closely cut on the bandsaw
Sand to the line
I sand the seat supports to the line
Refining the shape
The process of fitting the seat supports requires a lot of fitting and sanding. High spots are brought down on the sander until the support precisely fits the hull.
Mind that Gap
The Gap will need to be brought flush with the hull by carefully sanding down the support sides.
I build a transom box to hold/hide my gas tanks.
Fiddle with the Fit
Test and Fit....lots of sanding required.
Dye Test Piece
I want to impart some color to the bland mahogany veneer. I mix varying strengths of aniline dye and apply it to a scrap piece of mahogany ply.
I'm using a red mahogany dye to bring some color to the party.
Staining the Seat Supports
Epoxy the Seat Supports
It Drills the Hole in the Board
4 time to be exact.
Masterson Clamp Jig
Masterson stands next to his hand crafted, artisanal, seat support clamping jig. (Seat support not shown) He's hipper than a hipster. Just look at those ironic black frames.