Ok, this was a blast. You go from having 8 staves sprawled out on the floor to this beautifully symmetrical sphere of Godliness. Once the staves go into position the heavenly choirs open up and you feel this rapture coming from all wooden boat builder of the past converging down on your wood shop. Well, almost anyway. This was definitely the most fun I’ve had in my shop for quite some time.
These simple holding jigs made all the difference.
I got the idea from Craig Bryant’s build blog (you can link to his blog from my home page).
I didn’t even know what a Bird’s Mouth cut was last week, and now here they are in all their glory.
I’m using two additional supports to hold the ends.
Now that the dry run is complete, I’ll be preparing for the epoxy glue up.