Hiya. New user here - been lurking for about a decade and finally decided to get off my arse and build something so I had a reason to post here. I ordered the plans for Arch Davis' Sand Dollar about three years ago, cut and shaped the inner stem and transom about a year and a half ago, and finally managed to get the garage cleaned out enough to create enough room to actually build a boat last month. Then it was off to the BORG for frame and strongback wood. Once the frames were cut and up (took about a week, evenings and weekends), it was over to Adams&Kennedy (local wood merchant.... my favourite place in the world) for some 'real' wood.
Stem is walnut, keel is mahogany, chines, stringers, seat risers, and other "long bendy bits" are air dried ash, and got some nice white oak for the deadwood, skeg, and various and sundry hard-use areas. Rudder and centerboard are undecided as yet. Planking is going to be 6mm Meranti 1088.
It's been a learning experience so far - I've learned how to consistently sharpen planes and chisels. I've learned the joys of truly sharp planes and chisel. I've learned that truly sharp planes and chisels only need to be in the general vicinity of flesh to cause significant blood flow. I've learned the joys of working with Ash grain (very few, but it smells so good). I've learned that my SECOND attempt at a joint/rebate/whatever will usually be acceptable. The first, notsomuch. I've learned that for the moment, shims will somewhat compensate for a sixteenth here and there.