Some months back, Our Sponsor ran a piece on a guy in the UK who specialized in top-drawer renovations of classic yachts.
He liked to used finger joints to scarf together planking stock...
except that he ran the finger joints on the bias with the grain, rather than across, so the scarf ran diagonally across the width of the plank—that is to say, the router baseplate sat on the wide side of the plank—with the fingers running longitudinally with the grain.
According to the article, Lloyds' counted that type of scarf as exempted from Lloyds' usual butt staggering rules.
It also has the beneficial advantage that you can scarf your plank stock together to get full length planks from relatively narrow stock through judicial layout against the spiling template.
[ 11-01-2003, 01:52 AM: Message edited by: Nicholas Carey ]
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