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Bow reaches deck level and beyond

Further fabrication of the bow which is now up to the main deck level. Note the use of the holding clamps to allow the glue to set without the timber moving.

The deck beam is put in the approximate position ready for final measurements to be made to ensure that it is square to the centre line. The beam will then be set into the timbers below so that its outer most part is level with the outside of the hull ready for more bow pieces to be made and set in place.

The deck level side timbers are notched out ready to take the deck beam. It has been notched out so that the outer edge is level with the out side edge of the hull. The notch was formed by saw cuts to the depth of the slot and then chiselled.

The deck beam is put in place to check the alignment. Small filler pieces will be made up so that that deck has something to rest upon, but this will be carried out when the hull sides are in place.

Deck Beam glued and pined into place. Any gap between the deck beam and the side pieces will be filled after the sides have been shaped. In fact there could be several places where filler will be necessary as the timbers being used are all scrap, mainly thrown out by a local company.

The side piece one above the deck level is glued and set in place. Note the clamping to hold the pieces into place. The clamps have been placed over scrap timbers and to below the protruding deck level side pieces.

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