Fitting the strips is a two-person job, in the interests of getting each strip neatly into position with the glue in the joint where it is needed rather than creating a mess with it where glue is not wanted. Kevin's help came from his dad for a few days and from wife Michelle whenever needed.
After working upward to where further work had to wait for construction of the chine flat, they continued down to skin the flare, from the bow through to the break in the sheer.
|Port side of the flare skinned|
I chose to cut the rebate into the edge of the plywood with hand tools. I could have formed it with a router and edge guide, then planed the edges of the chine strip to fit but I wanted the rebate to have horizontal and vertical faces to match the square edges of the chine strip. Each side took a few hours with chisels, mallet, Shinto saw rasp and a bit of help from a rip saw to cut the top edge once the basics of the rebate had been started with the chisels.
|Rebate to receive the chine strip, from bow to Station 1. The bulkhead in the photo is at Station 0.|
|The vertical edge of the plywood bottom, changing to a rebate in the bow.|
|The first chine strip dry-fitted to check the fit.|
|First chine strip in place both sides, giving more definition to the bottom shape.|
|The flare all skinned. The sheer won't be trimmed until the hull has been turned upright.|
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