The gunwales

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This is a piece of mahogany being roughed out for the gunwales . It started off as an eighteen inch wide board . With the port side cut out it is clamped on the leftover to mark out the starboard side . The rail has to bend in two directions at the bow . This seems like an awful lot of wood to use for a piece that will look like it should only be cut from a 2X2 when it is finished . I've learned from experience that trying to steam a smaller straight piece around that nasty compound bend at the bow uses even more wood by the time that you've broken a few and started over .


The rail has a constantly changing bevel as it wraps around the hull . Bevels are measured from the hull and marked on the scrap in the  background . These measurements are transferred to the gunwales with dividers and the inside bevel shaped with a spoke shave .

because of the shape their a little awkward to hold . I used one of the cut offs to help here while I shaped the bevels.


Mahogany is a difficult and unpredictable wood to steam . Sometimes a short whip creeps into an otherwise fair curve . This is the gunwale temporarily fastened  onto the hull and a clamp being used to nudge it into a fair curve while it cools .

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