I no longer need a moaning chair, I just sit right down on the cold hard cement and sob!
I steamed up plank #4 last night hoping to be riveting by Sat and getting the final set of planks started next week. Well now I’ll be spending this weekend re making plank #4 just like I had to remake plank #3.
Plank looked good, back 2/3 has great grain, front portion that is scarphed on had ok grain (it’s rift on the bottom edge but q sawn on the top). Well the scarphed portion apparently had a couple of stress fractures or something that I couldn’t see in the wood until steamed and bent in place. It cracked near the top in a dark line of grain that I thought was sound but was apparently a stress crack. The worse one is not visible in the pic, and runs the entire length of the scarphed piece, into the glued up portion right to the feather edge. It looks like the steam itself expanded these cracks open, is that possible?
The dark line above the crack is a glue line from the layup.
I'll be cutting the scarphed end off and re scarphing with a better peice of wood (also need to layup tghe new end as well to make the width). This put the brake on what was feeling like a good pace of work.