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April 23, 2003 - Attaching the Side Planks:  With Roger's help things are moving along a little more quickly!  Today we started by moving the side planks to the driveway and preparing them to be attached to the bottom planks.

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First I scribed a line along the bottom of the side plank and marked where to drill the wire holes.  The holes were placed at 6 inch  intervals except for the ends, where I used 2 inch intervals for about a foot. Next I drilled the wire holes.
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A yard from the bottom of the bow end of the plank, I cut a transition notch.  . Here I plane a 45 degree bevel into the plank aft of where I cut the notch.  Forward of the notch, the top and bottom planks will sit directly on top of each other.   Aft of the notch, the planks will  run side by side.  (Corresponding  notches and bevels were put on the bottom planks.)
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Here I use a chisel to finish the transition notch. Before carrying the side plank into the shop and wiring it to the bottom plank, I prepared my tie wires.  I used 6-7 inch wires and "pre-bent" them for easy insertion.
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Roger and I move the side plank into the shop.  (Before moving the plank we drilled holes and made a transition joint in the other side plank.) Putting the first tie wire in the holes of the bottom and side planks at the bow end of the boat.
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The wiring process continues. While I am wiring, Roger holds, raises, lowers, shifts and bends the plywood to make the two planks come together.  Appropriately enough, this process is called "torturing" the plywood.
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You can't see it here, but I'm standing on a stepladder to push the wire through the holes.  We found that it was easiest to push in 3-4 wires in a row before twisting them tight. Twisting the wires tight.  Here you can see how the planking lies flush due to the angle of  the transition joint.
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The second side plank being moved into the shop. Roger rests the back of the plank near the transom while I wire the bow end of both planks together.
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Finishing wiring the second plank to the rest of the hull. Roger and neighbor/friend Jurg Derendinger look back over the bow of the newly wired hull.

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The new hull peeks out from the shop at twilight.


NOTES:   I feel as if I didn't do justice to describing the transition joint.  This is a concept that is hard to grasp until one reads a detailed explanation with accompanying diagrams.  When I read the instructions that came with the boat plans I must admit that I wasn't quite clear on how to cut or use the joint.  (At times I also have a problem getting my underwear on right side out.)  Fortunately, I bought Sam Devlin's book "Devlin Boat Building", which devoted a full page to the subject.  I would recommend this book to anyone starting out in using the stitch-and-glue technique. 

The next job will be to level the hull, insert spreaders, and mark the location for the placement of the bulkheads.


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