|Jointing an edge of the 2x8's.
|Deciding which piece goes where, based on straightness and flatness.
We set up and screwed together the strong back, again squaring the assembly carefully. We then braced the strong back to the trestles with plenty of diagonal bracing so the whole business is rigid, then cut notches in the center of all cross pieces, through which we stretched a taut center string line. this will be used to line up the molds.
|Cutting the center line notches. Bracing can be seen here.
|Stretch it tight!
|Howie and Javier lay out the molds from full size patterns.
|Pat Daniels runs the home made track saw.
|Hans has taken over here. There were a lot of cuts!
|John and Severn are setting up the cross ties.
|Midship mold goes in first.
|I don't know what that old man is saying.
|The mold center line aligns with the string line on the strongback, and a laser is set to the comm DWL height.
|The molds are braced securely!
|Pat, Jim, and Hans.
Each subsequent mold was braced back to the midship mold, and held the correct distance apart, 36” in this case. When the molds were set up, we couldn't resist springing a batten around the sheer and chine, to get a sense of the hull shape.
That’s where we are now. We have to cut out the stem, and fabricate the transom next, before setting up the permanent longitudinals. Stay tuned!