I was somewhat depressed to discover a few days ago that I had seemingly only laid 65% of the planks on the hull 😦 I seem to have been at it for EVER!!
…and while practice is making me marginally faster I would be happy if it was over!
The good news is that from here on the planks are getting shorter and today we reached a milestone as the planks on the transom crossed over! (see pics below).
Avoiding “the cut”
To avoid having to cut and fit lots of “ends” I am following Selway Fisher’s alternate plan which is to plank one side so that the planks cross the centreline, and then cut them off flush with this centreline – then plane these planks so that they form an “extension” of the chamfer on the opposite half of the hog. Then the planks on the second side can be planked straight over the first side, cut to approximate length and then the whole assembly planed flat ready to accept the deadwood.
This plan seems to offer a simple approach, which should provide a neat finish with no “iffy” joints… (or so the theory sais!) – you should be able to see on the shot from the transom, where the first few planks on the left-hand side have been planed ready to be planked over from the right… Hope that makes sense!!!