Michalak’s book doesn’t call for expensive wood, rather it says cheap pine is ok for the structural components. In the last two weeks, I had one outer wale and both chine logs fail as they were being dry fit. For this project, I procured No. 2 Pine wood from three different suppliers – each failure was from the same source, with failures occurring at small knots.
Since each failure occurred on a different day, that meant two trips to the lumberyard, three rounds of dragging the 100-pound table saw out of the garage, setting up the cuts and ripping 16-foot lengths. To preserve hull alignment, it also meant that removing both wales each time and re-installing them together. Finally, everything was dry fit yesterday evening, using clear pine at more than twice the price.
Here are some pix:
Along the way, the excess Inner Stem ends were cut from the top and bottom of the bow using a Japanese pull saw.
The chine logs are installed simultaneously to preserve hull alignment. Here, they are fastened to the bow (back by the window) and supported by a rod placed across the boat amidships.
The chine logs are drawn into the sides of the hull using clamps and then screwed about every 6 inches along their length.
This is how I left it on New Year’s Eve. Both clear pine Chine Logs are dry fit and screwed in place. The bottom is highly rockered (curved) in the rear of the boat (nearer to the camera). There’s a lot of stress on the chine logs and it’s all the clamps could do to hold the logs against the rockered sides. Next, these will be epoxied in place.