My kids (ages 7 and 9) and I recently started work on a Macomber 15. The M15 is a traditional Westport skiff and was recently featured in WoodenBoat's Small Boats issue. We've been working like mad in order to have it finished in time for a family reunion later this month.
The plans include three 24x36 sheets (lines drawing, building jig details, and construction notes) plus a well-written Builder's Guide and an extremely useful pictorial guide of the designer building the boat. There are about 40 pages total between the two guides.
We are building in my workshop, which is a 32' x 40' gambrel-roofed barn; please forgive the omnipresent clutter in the background (and sometimes the foreground) of every photo.
The first thing we did was loft the jig frames using the table of offsets included on the jig details page of the plans. This went pretty quickly, since all the jig frames use straight lines. Then we assembled the frames on the lofting table, using drywall screws.
Next thing we did was to set up the building jig. I used two 16' 2x6s for the base and screwed 2x4 spacers between them every so often to keep them parallel and stiff. I also screwed the whole thing to my assembly table. (I forgot to take pictures of this part, so you'll have to imagine it all by itself in the picture below.)
One thing we didn't do up-front that I would do next time is to install diagonal bracing from the uprights back to the jig base. I ended up going back and adding some later on.
Installing the frames was an easy task, conceptually speaking, although the actual installation was a little tricky. Mostly because of gravity and poor measuring skills. Eventually, though, everything was plumb, level, and at the correct distance off the baseline.
More to come...