Category Archives: Nuestra Senora Del Pilar

Occre Model

View from Prow

I tapered this Plank almost to a Point

The reason I went so sharp is that the Hull is taking a bend here and it relieves the Strain on the next Plank.

From the bottom

I’m trying to straighten the angle along the lower planks. I had to come to a point on this Plank. I used Contact Cement, then Superglue and let it harden. Then the rest of the way was white glue.

Pre-Bending Planks at Stern

I soaked these 2x5mm Planks for 12 hours in 2 parts Ammonia and 8 parts Water in my Soaker. Now I used both heat and gentle bending of Planks around this steep bend. I have already broken several Planks while trying to perfect this technique. Heat and Gentleness is key. 👍

Just dabbed some Super glue to the rubber to hold it
Pre-bending
Clamping the Clamp

I am able to get the large Clamp to push down on the Plank by clamping it against a Bulkhead… 🙄🤔👍

Pushing down

I don’t like to use the “Plank Bending” tools that break the grain of the Plank. IMO, it doesn‘t look as smooth. 🙄

Beginning to make the Turn

I’m slowly working my way around to the turn of the waist.

What I have so far…
From the Stern

Yeah. .. Notice the sharp bend on the last Bulkhead to the Transom. It’s very steep.

I find that I have to Soak the wood first for the Stern section. So… I’m doing it by eye so I may end up making some Fillers .. 🙄

Fixing cracks in Pre-Bent Planks 2x5mm Sappelle
Looking Bow on

I’m thinking to myself that maybe I should start planning more??? 🤔🙄😲