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 Frame (Pt. 1)

A friend's table saw and good-sized workshop made "easy" work of ripping the stringers and ribs.

I was lucky to find some air-dried ash for the ribs at a local one-man milling operation. He located it in a pile of old weathered boards - asked me if I was building a boat. He said boatbuilders were the only folks asking for ash.

I left the shop with these bundles.

The gunwale and inwale stock clamped, wetted and weighted to prebend it vertically.

From the bundles of strips I pulled this straight, knotless piece for the keel.

Next, the keel was attached to both stems.

Each stem was seated in a guide to hold it in place and position it accurately.

This makeshift soaker was comprised of an aluminum ladder covered with a tarp and filled with water from a hose.

The gunwales and inwales soaked for about two days, weighted down with sand-filled buckets to keep them submerged.

After prebending and soaking, the gunwales easily fell into position.

The gunwales need to fit in flush against the stems - some accurate measuring and cutting is involved here.


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