F1 // Julien // Hull, Québec, Canada

About me / Intro – I’m a DIY person and like building things, more especially out of wood. I’ve started the F1 project mid-July 2020.

Summary

1 The wood and frame

2 The coaming

3 Bending the ribs

The wood and frame

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I’ve been using : PINE for the frame, WHITE OAK (not green) and ASH.

About the pine, I’ve searched for long straight and light 8 foot long boards. I haven’t used western red cedar for a first build + I wanted to experiment scarf joins.

I decided to give kiln dried white oak looking the perfect boards. I was lucky to find a couple of straight and perfectly quatersawn ones.

Scarf joins – As I said, I’ve scarf joined the pine boards. It’s something I wanted to try for the gunwales. It was quite easy going, using a jig I had already build couple of years ago for neck guitar builds. I’ve improved the jig, adding 3 holes so as to insert the clamps inside. The angle is variable so I had to find the proper one. If I remember correctly the length of the join is about 10 inches long which was long enough to provide enough strengh and durability.

The coaming

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The white oak I have found was not green. I didn’ have so much time to look for some greens so I decided to use kiln dried white oad and build the coaming without steam bend it. I’ve cut a couple of wood sample with 1/64 thickness increments so as to compare their flexibility. As you can see on the following picture, 1/16th thick material bend without any problem even if not soaked in water or being green woods.

So I’ve build the coaming using a couple of 1/16th thick pieces I have cut with my table saw. I’ve removed burn marks with a drum sander.

As a result, I’m very satisfied. The process was longer : 4 days total, gluing layers by layer, one at a time. But in reality, most of the time was the curing time and you have plenty of time doing other stuff during this time. It was easy to that narroer shape in the middle of the coaming since you control everything in the process.

Brian’s method is by far the most efficient. No doubt about it. But I wanted to try another method without steam bending which I’m not a big fan in general.

I’ve adapted the jig so as to be able to carve a “U” shaped hole, inserting clamps inside :

Here’s the result :

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Bending the ribs

I didn’t really know what to except for this step. I think I’ve chosen well the white oak wood. Even if it wasn’t green, I was able to bend some pieces (without being soaked) as shown in picture below.

I let the wood soak in water with detergent for a couple of days and then proceced with the steam bend. I didn’t have many spare (2 in total.. yep, I know) but I broke only… 2. So I was lucky here

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