Cutting out the Keel: Today I decided that it was high time that I got started on cutting out the keel. First, I took a screw driver and popped the cedar strip keel template off of the centerline of the boat.
The job at hand was to convert the eight foot long 2 X 10 into something resembling the curved template. I decided to make a series of curved scarfs, with a scarf about every 16 inches.
My first step was to trace a line on the 2X10 to give me a starting point which would leave about 8 inches of keel above the deck line and a few inches of prow over the deck itself.
Next I used a compass to draw a partial circle for the scarf.
Here I have cut out the scarf joint and rotated it to fit the curve of the template.
I did the same thing with each of the scarfs until the 2X10 fit the curve of the template.
My next step is to clean up the scarfs so that they fit tightly and glue them together.