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Some tricks of the trade~

I’ve learned quite a bit about boat building since joining the crew (although not enough to want to try to build one myself!) In order to squeeze planks together a 2×4 is clamped to the rib just above the newly installed plank and a wedge is pounded in to push the steamed and softened plank down against her sister. The 2×4 piece is tightly clamped, with 2 clamps, to the rib and the plank is clamped and pounded down.

In the middle you see a wedge pounded between a clamped 2x4 and the plank to drive the plank down to the adjoining one

In the middle you see a wedge pounded between a clamped 2×4 and the plank to drive the plank down to the adjoining one

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that the planks are above the water-line they need to be “prettied up” so they are┬ápresentable to the viewing public and our Chalupa’s fans. The are planed to a graceful curve on the outer side.

Tom planing a plank

Tom planing a plank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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