Sunday, June 5, 2011

Clamps ahoy

Clamping the port lower sheer stringer -- an eighteen-foot piece of floppy fir that curves in three dimensions (and some days, four) -- requires clamps. Lots and lots of clamps:


What you see here is:
  • The stringer itself, or its lower half at least, going diagonally across the shot. It fits into a notch in a frame.
  • The frame itself is braced and clamped to withstand the Herculean forces applied by my muscles and the stringer as I torque it into position.
  • Two pinch clamps holding cedar wedges in place. So I cut the notch too big and had to wedge it out. What?
Multiply this by a half-dozen frames or so, and it adds up to a lot of clamps.
What's neat about this stage of the build is that the shape of the boat -- a leaf, a cockle, the curve of a gull across the sky -- really starts to show itself. Squint if you can, and look past the clamps and bracing to see the edge of the boat, arcing up toward the bow.

And later, lo, the boatbuilder was tired and retired inside where the lion hath laid down with the lamb. For lo, he opened a beer and all was right with the world.

4 comments:

EyeInHand said...

Dang, looking rather boatie.

Need more clamps?

psoutowood said...

Looking good! Guilty dog looks to fend off couch-sleeping recrimination with angry looks.

Babs said...

Boat B U! Love them clamps. Is that a small furry next to the big furry on the couch sending out a teasing paw?

Muhammad Amir said...

The stringer itself, oetiker clamps sizes or its lower half at least, going diagonally across the shot. It fits into a notch in a frame.