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Lower Band 2nd Layer Planks

Started gluing in the Lower band 2nd layer Planks with the Garboard Plank…

Starboard side Garboard Plank
First 3 Planks Starboard side

I was just thinking to myself that with the second layer planking that there is probably a lot of different methods of doing it. I’ve seen guys say that they start from the Keel and work their way up and other guys say they have started from the Sheer Strake and work their way down… but the way I do it is that I follow the same planking pattern as the first layer… Although it does necessitate making filler planks when I reach the middle.

Anyway on the box cover it does show that the bottom is painted white below the Waterline with black midsection and the woods showing along the gun ports. I’m going to definitely keep the Wales and the Gun Port deck unpainted that’s for sure. I haven’t decided on the rest of them yet though.

I’ve always figured for “painting” to be the last resort because the ultimate goal would be to show off the work that was put into the Plank work… If it turns out good enough that is

Here’s how I routed the 2nd layer Planks coming up. To my chagrin, I broke one, which I’ll attempt to sand out
Next Plank getting glued. Have to wait around 15 minutes

Garboard Plank

It is true what they say about Garboard planks. That it’s the toughest Plank to be able install. It does go through some rather radical twisting… Around 90° worth from Bow to Stern.

Here I’m gluing the forward part in before I do the rest of the twisting.

Garboard Plank Starboard side

One of the main things about Garboard Planks is that you don’t want to let it come up the Bow. This is so you don’t get Plank crowding as you progress up the Bow with the rest of the Planks on the lower band.

I had to use Superglue in order to hold it down
Next leg glued, before it takes the 90° bend at the Stern Deadwood

The lip of the Plank comes over the Kelson, where the Keel will be glued.

The Keel acts like a Rabbet groove. If it wasn’t like this or had a false Keel, I would have carved some Rabbet grooved along it but it wasn’t necessary with this ship.

Also I’m keeping the overhang on the front of the Garboard Plank… just to have someplace to be able to clamp on to.

This is the reason I left the excess on… So that I have someplace to Clamp

Looking at the forward part of it… I’m kind of cursing myself right now for now thinning it out a bit, and to have cut a Rabbet into it. Oh well… I’ll remember to do it next time. It’s too late. The clue on Starboard side is already set and it would be a big messy pain in the ass to take it apart and redo it.