We have ways of making you talk…

Torture is the most correct description of what I did to the foremost section of the bottom plank on Idle Hands. Bow template

As I trimmed the template for the bow I began to realize how tough this was going to be. Plywood only likes to bend one way. This section is bending vertically, horizontally and twisting quite a bit. It is so harsh that I snapped the first piece of luan that I was using for a template. After messing around with it for most of a day I finally resorted to my backup plan, social media.

I put out a call for help on the Welsford Facebook page along with the wooden boat page to get some suggestions. As always the “folks that know” helped out a bunch. The most important thing was to keep the plywood from “curling up” fore to aft as you draw the plank in with clamps to it’s final resting place. Sounds easy…Torture 1

Torture 2

This is what I started with – the back side is secured with three two inch screws through the chine and two clamps on the upper stringer. The plywood naturally wants to curve inward towards bulkhead number one and that pushes the end away from the stem.

Torture 3

I started from the back working forward slowly tightening the clamps as I went. I also had to keep pushing the middle, around bulkhead one, out so it would not curl. A turn or two at a time on the upper clamps, and then adding screws on the bottom into the chine stringer, I slowly pulled the plywood into position. The plywood was creaking and groaning the whole time; at one time I did hear a sharp snap but a detailed check showed no damage. I am really glad I ordered the high end Okoume plywood. I don’t think that the A/B fir I used for the frames would be able to handle this level of abuse.

Torture 4

This is the final product. It’s a huge bend but it looks awesome. Somehow the left side “shrunk” as it was drawn into place. Eventually I will have to add a little wood so it will meet up with the rub strip when I install it.

Finally, I am up to date with this blog. Its been such a busy late winter/spring I have not kept up with this site. I feel like a kid who is behind on his homework… As I type this, the clamps are off the lower planks and I spent most of the day prepping the left hand side for the next plank. If I had to guess I will probably be hanging it around Sunday of next week but don’t hold me to it.



4 thoughts on “We have ways of making you talk…

  1. Great Blog Brinson, I like the way your well taken pictures are big enough to see without clicking to enlarge as on some other build blogs.
    Good info in these pages so far.
    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Hey Brinson

    So much to comment on! I’m it the same boat (haha) I haven’t posted in two months. But of course, there’s a lot less to write about in winter. I got the mast and some of the spars done, but I’ll get around to posting soon-ish.

    I’m so jealous of your T200 invite! I’m glad you accepted. Looks like fun sailing, great people and absolutely nothing to look at. Don’t lose your boots. In a Pathfinder you’ll be traveling in luxury compared to many of the other folks. Have you read Tom Pamperin’s account of his trip? Freakin’ hilarious. I’d love to do it someday, but I’m a teacher and since we get several months off a year, they don’t tend to let us go during the school year.

    Great work on the planks. I’ve always thought that it’s a shame that the hardest plank comes first, when we’re least experienced, but it looks like you won in the end. The rest should be much easier. I’m looking forward to seeing how your patterns work out. The method in the plans seems so wasteful (at least for the Navigator plans).

    It’s still too cold here for me too start outside, but planking is the next big hurdle. Will you be doing the seats soon? On the Navigator, other builders point out that it’s much easier to do the seats before you plank up that high.

    Keep up the good work


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    • Thanks Kenny, I have been waiting for your posts so get to it! I spent the afternoon scarfing two and a half sheets of okoume for the rest of the planks. I am going to glue them up tomorrow and hopefully cut the number two planks Friday. I am super excited about the Texas 200. I have been lurking in the corners watching for a long time now, I am just so happy that Peter invited me out. I couldn’t imagine doing it in a puddle duck. My next post is going to be a full detail on scarfing, tracing, cutting out, and fitting a plank. It may take another week or so but I will get it done. By the way, I am still waiting for your next post, get to it!


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