Bottoms Up

Bottom panel glued and fastened with temporary screws

Bottom panel glued and fastened with temporary screws

The bottom panel is the easiest of the planking to install. After fairing, the 2′ x 13′ scarfed panel is laid on top of the setup and the outer edges of the frames, molds, stemĀ and transomĀ are marked. Using a batten, line up the marks, scribe the line and cut out with a jig saw. A few temporary screws hold it in place while the epoxy sets. Next, the edges are planed where the garboard planks will be fastened.

Chris uses a batten to scribe the shape of the bottom panel

Chris uses a batten to scribe the shape of the bottom panel

 Don planes the bevel on the edge of the bottom panel

Don planes the bevel on the edge of the bottom panel

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