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Prepare Hull for Keel Installation:  Before gluing the keel to the hull I have to make a flat spot on the bottom of the boat the width of the keel.  Since I plan to use a 2X12 as the material for the keel, the flat spot needs to be about 2 inches wide.

The second cut is made parallel to the hull plank.  This step is repeated on the other side. The finished notch before chiseling.

 

Using a piece of 2X6, I mark where I want to cut a notch in the bow.

 

The first cut for the notch is made using a Japanese draw saw.

 

I use a sharp chisel to clean out the notch.

 

The cleaned out notch.

 

I use a grinder to clean the area just above the notch in preparation for planing. Next, the rest of the bow and bottom of the hull is planed.

 

   

Planing the centerline of the bottom of the hull.

The finished product.  The next step is to make a pattern/form for the keel.

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