the last section of the stern to refine is planking of the counter which is the area built to overhang the stern post and the rudder goes up through.
It is the area between the two moldings
the few planks that make up the counter follow the curve of the stern which was established when the stern filler blocks were shaped. The only thing to watch is having to slightly bevel the edges so the planks will fit tight to one another as they conform to the arc of the stern.
the stern is now done and time to move on to the bulwarks and gun ports
in order to do the upper works i have to set in the wales and work up from them.
first thing to do was soak the ends of three pieces of Cherry in hot water for 20 minutes. I did this to give the bend at the bow a little start so not to stress out the final bend when i bend the strips on the hull.
i let the strips sit over night and dry out, this sets the bend.
i am not concerned about making an exact bend, the wood is still flexible enough it will easily conform to the hull.
I am using Cherry for the wales because it bends nice and I will ebonize the wales ( see topic on wood to ebonize )
what I like to do is super glue the first inch or so of the wales to the hull and against the stem first. This makes sure I have a neat, tight fit and it is difficult to clamp the ends to the hull. the super glue is kind of acting as a clamp.
next I will put a spot of super glue along the hull right above the shutter plank, then ever so slightly dampen the inside of the wale strip, this will cause the super glue to grab within seconds, super glue likes moisture. Inch by inch I press the wale to the hull working my way to the stern.
to do this with a slower drying wood glue each strip has to be clamped, which is an issue.
The reason i finished the stern before I did the wales is because I need to know the exact height of the first molding. The wales hit exactly at the lower molding. At this point I will fit a stern side molding
I cut the hull down to the deck and removed all the top timbers for a couple reasons first I am adding another gun port per side so the location of the posts no longer matched up with the Mediator plans, I need to know the exact height of a 6 pound cannon to make sure it fits under the caprail and putting in waterways, port sills and top timbers is easier from starting at square one, finally I can put in the hull planking above the wale and sand it down for a dead match fit to the sheer molding which runs along the deck line.