The last strip

June 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

The last strip is always a bittersweet affair. There’s the endless shaping and dry-fitting until the last sliver of a strip finally slips into the tapered opening in the hull. It’s a rush when the final strip goes in, but this rush is tempered by the knowledge that what follows is an eternity of sanding (and the stink-eye from the spouse who attributes any speck of dust in the house and every sneeze of the kids and wheeze of the dog to the dust generated in the workshop… never mind that  everything — EVERYTHING — happens to be pollinating right now. It’s the dust!).

But I digress.

The picture below shows the herringbone pattern that I used to fill in the hull.

And finally the hull itself, waiting for the outer stems and, of course, the sander. And the stink-eye.

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