First up: Beveling the cabin top cleats. You can’t just slap the cabin top on…oh no, you first need to bevel the cleats for proper fit of the cabin top. This will produce a lot of shavings from the block plane. You gotta love your block plane. If dog is man’s best friend…the hand plane is man’s best tool.
Getting very close. A little more planing and I’ll be there.I knew I would be removing quite a bit of material here, so I cut my cleating material 1 1/8″ x 5/8″. I needed the extra height for all the material I would be removing to acheive the proper bevel. I needed the 5/8″ thickness for easy bending around the cabin sides. I removed all the screws I used to hold the cleating 9 hours after glue up. I then used clamps to finish off the cure process. This allowed full access to the cleating without worrying about hitting a screw with my hand plane.
This now meets the ‘ham n egger’ standard, I’m ready to look at the cabin top.