Been pretty busy this past week, making good ground on this thing. Left off with my stems drying, and once they dried it was time to shape them. Wish i had a sturdy workbench to clamp them to, but i had to improvise so I took a large leftover piece of MDF, clamped that to my tailgate of my truck, and that gave me a nice sturdy place to work so I could really put some elbow grease into planing these stems down. Dont actually have a picture of that though of course, haha
My Shinto rasp came in the mail while I was working on my stems so i finally got to put a good taper on my forms. Man this thing is sweet!
Once all that was in place, it was actually time to start stripping!! I decided to go with doing the football first, thinking it would be easier for me. I put strips out there just doing a dry fit at first, and then got to gluing. Rather than put a few pictures in here of the same thing, a few strips bigger each time, i'll go with a start and finish photo. Football is done now, I'll probably pull the staples and take it off tomorrow.
As I was working on this, I was planning my shear strips. I dont have any strips long enough to go the whole length of the boat, so i had to join 2 together. First i tried a scarf joint, and it glued together but when i was eyeballing it as I tried setting the curve, i saw an ugly kink where that joint was sitting. I didnt like it, so i cut the joint and tried using a butt joint. That really didnt get me a good result either, but i was out of ideas at this point. I kept the but joint together, but took scrap strips and put one on either side of the joint to keep the shear strip straight. You'll see what i'm talking about in the pictures coming up. Once i get another strip glued in there, it will take the place of these scrap strips and keep that joint together with a nice smooth curve as if it was one strip.
So I'm into the meat of this thing now. The stripping process will slow down a little when i start working on accent stripe. I'm ok with that though, because this is a fun process! Getting those shear strips set was a little nerve wracking. I wanted to make sure they were perfect, and I'd look and look and look at them sitting in place. I liked the curve, it looked ok, but was it perfect?! Well, finally i just took a deep breath and went with what i had. Pulled the staples on each end, put some glue in there and stapled it back to the stem. I think it'll all work out in the end