Working on the chines
FairinG chine strinGers
For the chine panels to attach properly, the upper and lower chine stringers need to present a flat surface. As installed, there were some variations. The angle was generally correct at each frame, but in between there were some areas where the stringers hadn’t taken up the correct twist or angle.
To rectify this, we took out the long planes again. Using the plane bed as a straight edge showed us how much needed to be planed off in each area, and a few strokes with a very sharp blade soon trimmed each stringer sufficiently that a batten could lie flat across both surfaces. This took some time, with constant measurements to ensure that port and starboard chines would be the same size.
Next up came the transom. This will eventually have a nice timber veneer attached, but at this point the chine and bottom panels will sit over the top of the plywood transom. To ensure it fitted, we used long planes to plane off the edges to a feather-edge bevel that would then accept the ply panels, glued on top.
LEFT A long plane made sure the top and bottom chine stringers had matching bevels BELOW A stiff batten showed us how to plane the necessary angle on the stringers