I've finally made the mast(10'8") for my 14' John Gardner skiff. I did the birds-mouth thing and, wow, was that slick! About an hour to mill the staves. Another half hour to do the tapers, a coat of cpes, then next day my wife helped me with the glue-up. I was kind of dreading this but it was a breeze. Then I planed it to almost round -- that was actually fun. Now my question -- what's the best way to do the final sanding. my brief attempt at the inside-out beltsander belt and drill with drum sander did not work. Bad technique? Sanding by hand works fine but is slow!
Next question -- What is the technique to put a sheave in the top of the mast. I don't think I've ever read a detailed procedure for that.
I made the mast from a green(not kiln dried) spruce staging plank that was carefully selected from a big pile then kept indoors for seveal years.(I inherited two sixteen footers from a friend). It came out straight and strong and beautiful.
Thanks for any help, Steven