Posted by: Mike Randall | June 9, 2009

The Sole

While waiting for my mast timber, I thought I might as well layout and cut the sole as I already had the 15mm marine ply, and now I had a nice long flat surface to lay it out on. Firstly I made a full size pattern out of 3mm MDF. This became a wobbly beast to move around and gave me my first insight into how tricky the planks might be to handle by myself.

The plans have an excellent diagram on how to lay this out on a single sheet of ply and then scarf it all together to make a nice long sole. I did this on the kitchen bench as its the only space big enough to work of an evening. After wrestling my pattern around, supporting it on chairs and generally making a nuisance of myself in the kitchen I had everything marked up and ready to cut out and scarf. This had to wait till the weekend.

Making the curve with a springy batten

Making the curve with a springy batten

Scarfing the individual pieces

Scarfing the individual pieces

After the glue up

After the glue up

After the rough cut and ready for the router trim

After the rough cut and ready for the router trim

Pattern cutting with the router

Pattern cutting with the router

This was my plan from early in the piece, that if I drew my templates on 3mm or 5mm MDF I could use the patterns to not just draw the shapes but also act as a flush trimming guide for my router. So far so good!

My willing assistants?

My willing assistants

The girls helped me spin the sole around to trim and cut the other side.

I now have a long wobbly sole to store till next I need it. Space is definitely getting tight.


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