I'm embarassed to ask this question, but ....
I'm just putting the sheer planks on a 14 1/2 foot lapstrake rowing/sailing boat in the "whitehall tradition." As I stand back and look at the boat, I'm wondering if I dare attempt to fair the plank edges a bit more before I turn the boat over for framing and fitting out.
Any thoughts on how to tackle it? I'm thinking a stiff batten along the plank edge to give me a reference pencil line, and then going at it with a rabbet plane, set to take a REALlY light cut, with lots of standing back and chewing and spitting. Any other methods come to mind?
Or would I be better off waiting until the knees, frames, seat risers, gun'l etc are in and the boat is rolled over again for final sanding and painting? Some of the problem may go a way once there is a coat of primer on the hull, and one's eye is no longer following the grain of the wood, etc.
Any thoughts or remarks would be appreciated. Thanks