So far so good.
I've started prepping for the next challenge, fitting the gunwhales. I ordered some nice lengths of white maple to boader the dark deck panels. I could only get 3m lengths so first have to splice them.
I made a simple jig to help clamp and plane the angles.
I still have to glue down and trim the side decks but then need to work out how to fit these gunwhales ? The maple is much heavier and harder than I expected and likely will need steaming to fit. I don't want to use any fixings though so am really head scratching how to clamp them in place while the epoxy sets. Also not sure how much shaping to do before fitting ?
I wanted to add a stripe down the centreline of the foredeck. I'm not sure of the best way to do this but chose to use veneer.
I started by building a jig to rout a shallow groove, clamped tightly between the stem and the cockpit
Routing a shallow groove down the centreline. Was tricky to get an exact depth all the way along and I ended up carefully chiselling the high points. I tried cutting strips of some veneer sheet I had around but couldn't maintain accurate widths of the strips so ended up buying some lengths of inlay banding.
Of course these were slightly wider than the routed groove so I spent a few hours with a stanley knife trimming the groove to the correct width before glueing the inlay strips down.