Making a Pattern/Form for the Keel: My next major project will be to cut out, join and install the keel. Before I can cut out the keel I need to make a pattern for the keel so that it will fit as closely as possible. I decided to do this by buying (3) 10 ft long 1" X 1/2" cedar strips and to laminate them to fit the curvature of the hull. These strips were tacked to the centerline of the hull and laminated on top of each other with Elmers glue. When dry, this lamination will be strong and make a great pattern.
|Here I'm clamping the bottom of the first cedar strip to the hull.||Next I use small brads to attach the cedar strip the rest of the way up the centerline of the hull.|
I followed the same procedure with the next two strips, but in addition to tacking them I glued them. Pictured above are the final laminations on the hull.
Next, I need to go shopping for a piece of 2X10 wood to use for the keel. When I have this I'll be able to detach the laminated pattern from the hull and use it to draw the lines on the keel.