|The planking is now completed. The
bottom was partially planked with mahogany in the areas that will show
above the bottom paint and boot stripe. The joints between the plywood
and the mahogany are scarfed. The plywood which is applied first is
spiled to fit the strips. Trace the strips onto the plywood and either
saw a groove or cut with a utility knife. Then chisel out the scrap.
The plywood ends can be scarfed either before application or with a
chisel after being placed. Scarfing in place with a wide chisel actually
The right side of the boat has been rough sanded with 40 grit on the
belt sander. The left side shows the stapling strips and the glue
squeeze out. The epoxy was filled with wood flour, micro fibers and a
micro spheres. The micro spheres are used for color matching rather than
as the bulk of the filler. This way the joints are nearly the same color
as the finished wood and the joints should be nearly invisible when the
boat is finished.
Again an extra strip and staples is used at the stem to pull the
curved planks tight.
The stapler seems to be on its last legs. The mouth is getting
enlarged, with more frequent jams. It seems the flat bottom (not
pointed) stapes jam less often. So far we have gone through 18
boxes of staples (>20,000 staples).