Looking awesome Huck!
There was talk about one rail seeming heavier or denser than the other. Did you work that out during the chambering?
Be safe, have fun. -J
Jrandy - turns out that despite the difference in grain color the weight difference is pretty small, so probably easily addressed, or maybe not worth worrying over after all.
But I haven't yet gotten to chambering the rail sections, those will be a little tricky. I haven't found a quick way of doing this, so I'm proceeding at a snail's pace, just posting when I take a break from the tedium of hollowing out section by section.
I put the corresponding sections next to each other, and scribed the differences, then sanded down the high spots so they matched. In this way cutting into sections will help keep little asymmetries from creeping in.
I'm gonna lighten this thing as much as I dare, but still thinking I'm gonna end up around 30 lbs. when completed.
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"But I haven't yet gotten to chambering the rail sections, those will be a little tricky. I haven't found a quick way of doing this, so I'm proceeding at a snail's pace, just posting when I take a break from the tedium of hollowing out section by section."
Suggestion (been there, done that):
Thnx Guilhem, appreciate the tip.
I roughed out a quick fin blank from a big scrap this morning before work.
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The rotary rasps for a dremel are a great tool. Just beware of the cheapo chinese versions. The 1/8 Inch shafts are actually wider and will not fit easily. I also found the dremel 90 degree attachment so useful, I pretty much never remove it, as I feel it gives way more control over the tool head.
I think contrasting stringers between each sectio would be great - you're not trying to hide the join but make a feature of it!
Foiled the fin, the cedar feels pretty fragile, so probably require several layers of glass.
After I foiled it, something about the shape was bugging me. So I made some aesthetic adjustments.
You are a beast Huck! So cool. I haven't been on swaylocks much recently and this is an amazing thread to return to. What a great build!
Lovely bit of wood for a fin too. I like Bills idea of a stringer between each chamber and have always liked the contrast on some boat decks...