This is the advantage of a forum like us and especially a group build - to share the experiences with this and that..... we should try to learn every single day something new for this we have to share and show
Yes, thank you, plugging along. Right now all I see around is a bunch of sticks that are supposed to one day look like a ship. I must admit I make at least one small,(or large) error a day,, and that's following the Beta builders logs.
Finally.... after much gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair I have the stern section in place. Not easy, not perfect but done. Now on to the knife work and filing of those ribs. I foresee a death by a thousand cuts. and have requested a pack of band -aids be put on our shopping list ...True. I am sure others had blood stained timbers as well. But it is nice to see things slowly developing.
You are on a good way on you have prepared already 2/3 of them -> step by step you will reach the home stretch ....... Go! jeep Go!
I know very well how you feel, but once it will have an end and different fun will start
When you finally install the frames on the keel, please keep an eye on the height of frames sitting on these vertical stiffeners A2, A3 (see red arrows) and so on
It seems, that due to the fact, that the teeth of frames (handmade) are not fitting exactly on the counter-teeth of these "A"s (laser cut) - the frames are too high.
I removed partly the teeth on the "A"-stiffeners to get the frames down to the correct height and sitting correct on the keel.
That's exactly what I ran into yesterday when starting to dry fit the ribs. I scratched my head for some time , wondering why these were not seating in a proper way. Ribs 9, 14, 19, 26, 32 extended too high to fit in jig. Re-checked with plans hmmmm I must have screwed up somewhere, then checked logs. Hurray! Misery loves company so now will get to work on the "A's" to adjust. Thanks Uwe.
Keelson in, finally, and now working on dry fitting and shaping of clamps. Puzzled on installation of frames #2 & #3, how do you determine the correct height This seems important as to the shape and flow of planking .
Moving right along............. I just wanted to explain my method of installing these boards. I do them one at a time, first I dampen the board using my finger then with the iron I put a preliminary curve to the wood, just sort of eyeball the correct amount. Then CA to the ends, wood glue in the mid and "viola" in she go's . You will notice I have clipped the tops from the jig for ease of access.