No doubt the expert builders can measure and cut each beam first time, but I found I had to nudge into each joint little by little. I toyed with the idea of purchasing a bench combination disc / belt sander, but my wife reminded me that this was just a hobby and so I took the advice of an earlier commentator on this blog to buy a farriers file, which I put to good use along with may smaller Japanese file, shown here refining the sloped mortice for the deck beam.
The deck beams were cut out on the bandsaw following the camber template which I made - rising 2" over 6'. This worked well for the mast bulkhead and beam. However as I approached the bow the deck beams needed to have a higher camber to fit in with the profile of the stringer, which I copied faithfully from the FSP. Also I fitted the breasthook proud of the sheerclamp to allow me profile it to the higher camber. It will be interesting to see how the ply deck sits on tops of these.
Earlier during the summer, I fabricated the centreboard. However it is still in its beta stage as I understand that attention to the profile dimensions will pay dividends in the boats pointing ability. I'm unsure if the specified dimensions include the fibreglass sheething. I have yet to glass the board - it's been many years since I used fiberglass cloth, so I'm not familiar with the current thinking on which material to use...any ideas?
I have yet to pour lead ballast into the board which should be fun!
Before glueing up the deck beams and stringer, I had to cut out the hole of the bulkhead hatch. As JB points out this is better done at the bench before the bulkhead is fitted, alas, I omitted this step and so had the challenge of cutting out the hatch in situ. Once again my Bosch multi-tool came to the rescue which allow me cut a fine line to start the jigsaw, as I wanted to retain the cutout to be re-purposed as the hatch door. I decided not to use plastic hatches so I am optimistic that this plywood version will fit the bill.