Sunday, April 17, 2016
Time to finally get the planks on the boat.
First I planed by hand the two side planks, removing all the marks left by the power planer.
Murakami san didn't do this but its nice to see a smooth, finished surface. The plugs show a bit of tear out because the grain runs the across. With a sharp plane, however, its not too bad.
I then bent the planks around the boat, starting at the bow the way Murakami san does, propping things in place.
The hood ends wanted to rise so I had to hold them down with a prop. Note also the steel dog, or staple clamp. Japanese boatbuilders have dozens of these and I am just now beginning to use and like them.
At the stern I just use some pipe clamps.
Once the plank was hung I realized I needed to get a better fit at the bow and stern, and one section amidships, so I began running a saw through the seams.
I decided at the bow I just had to take the planks off and do some planing at the bottom/stem connection. Here's a look at the saw marks left where the plank fits to the stem.
Then I got to planing at the base of the stem. This is always a tricky transition, especially in Japanese boats where the planks are one wide panel.
Planks bent back on a second time. Much faster since the props are all cut to length, the wedges ready, etc.
Next is nailing.