Oct 16-17th - Bought pine for the molds, plywood for the box and WR Cedar for the planking. Completed the five frame mold pairs. Lofted octagonal wheels.
Oct 23-29th - Purchased bending oak for the stem and okoume for the transom. Milled twelve 1/4" x 1 3/4" x 60" strips from one edge of my 10 foot plank of white oak. Cut three pieces of 1/4" okoume and epoxied them over Gardens transom mold.
I steamed ten oak strips in the steam box and easily bent them and clamped them on the stem mold.
Nov 30th - Epoxied and clamped the laminations to the stem bending mold. I had allowed for a tiny bit of spring back, but with ten laminations it's basically zero. Note the steam box and the first of the two end wheels at the other end of the shop.
Jan 6th, 2017 - Feather boards attached to the router table and fence not only keep my fingers away from the router bit, but speed up the process and insure better cuts. I have 180 ten foot strips milled, run through the planer and the beads cut. The setup for the coves is complete and the first two planks are done.
Jan 14th - My plan to butt join the planks didn't work in my first attempts so I'm scarfing the planks now.
Jan 17th - Cleaned scarfs with surform, block plane and sandpaper followed by a pass over the scarf area in the router to clean up the coves. It sounds like a lot but it went very quickly. The troublesome thing was that the pine molds won't hold the staples like fir does. So, I'm having to use 1 1/4" length, 1/4" crown staples. Since crown staples are designed to bury themselves, I have to reduced depth setting and air pressure. I found that a 1/8" thick ash block works to cushion the planks when removing the staples.