I'm a bit reluctant to put another question on this board and thereby admit my lack of progress over the last couple of months. I do have excuses, though - new job, kid-related commitmemnts, "honey-do" chores and all that... Here's the limited progress to date:
I'm still determined to get some progress on this BB14. I've had a heck of a time getting these first few planks in. The reverse curves, incredible beveling and scarfing needed to accomodate the severe sweep for this hull shape has really taken a lot. The stealers weren't easy to fit either. At one point, I was even thinking of taking a torch to the whole project. I knew I was losing it when I heard one of my kids yell.."Dad just spiked another C-clamp on the garage floor again!"
Anyway, I have a question for the experienced carvel plankers:
After I hung the first few planks, I noticed the plank-to-plank fits looked pretty snug from the outside, but when I crawled up underneath near the stern post, I noticed my beveling wasn't so great, and there's about 1/16th to 1/8th gap running about the last two feet or so of the plank. The photo might help:
I realize it's a cardinal sin to have a planking seam wider on the inside, but this plank in particular was a nightmare to fit, and I guess when it was actually screwed down at the reverse tuck, the little gap became evident. One of my thoughts was to caulk with cotton in the usual fashion, and maybe when the hull is flipped over, I might be able to glue a thin spline from the inside. I really hate the thought of replanking (I'm not even sure I could do better on another try and I'd hate to put a new set of screw holes through my frames). Thoughts?
[ 07-24-2005, 10:28 PM: Message edited by: DanO ]