|Ripping 14mm staves|
I made a scarfing jig for my table saw which has a sliding table. This proved successful and stress free - no flying pieces and I was able to stand out of the line of fire with hands well away from the nasty parts. I had read where people had suffered injuries using scarfing jigs on the table saw, but I'm glad to report this worked flawlessly.
The glue up was quite straightforward - thanks to help from my son - thanks Harry!. We laid out the staves on a aluminium ladder which provided a straight bench and a straight side to clamp all the scarfs to, so I am very hopeful that we will have a selection of straight long staves from which to start machining the birdmouth v-notch and tapering. I am going to cut off half the taper from the width and leave the remaining taper to be planed / sanded off the stave thickness which I hope will create a more uniform creation, rather than simply having the same thickness all the way up the mast.