Kevin Agee is spending most evenings in his workshop, working on the Argie 15. Current tasks are fitting the framing for the seats and the transom doubler.
If you are fortunate enough to source timber longer than the hull, you can do the side stringers each in a single length. For the rest of us, it is necessary to join two pieces together to get the full length. This is done by scarphing (or scarfing or scarph-jointing) them. Each joint is done by cutting or planing the ends to be joined at an angle to form sloping mating surfaces. For an application like this and using modern adhesives, the slope angle need not be more than 1:6, so for timber 20mm thick the joint would be 120mm long.
|One half of the scarph joint. This was cut on a saw but it could also be done with a jack plane.|
|The two pieces to be joined, dry-fitted to check accuracy.|
|The joint has been glued and here is shown being glued into the hull with temporary screws to hold the stringer until the glue has cured.|
|Stringers fitted full length of both sides to form landings for the seats.|
|Edge framing being glued in for transverse seats.|
|Working neatly all the time will ensure a good finished product. This joint is an example, no scrappy edges, nicely filleted internal angle, all contact surfaces glued for a solid joint.|
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