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Corbie 5 IOM Build Has Begun!

Started the Corbie 5 IOM build today! For real, as opposed to in 3D on my computer.

This week I made the strongback out of 3/4" MDF. It's about 8" wide (exact width doesn't matter too much as long as it is as wide as the boat) with sides about 3" tall that have been screwed to the top.

To that I aligned and glued the base alignment jig pieces. I used weights and pins to hold the pieces flat while they dried. Just used Titebond II for this process.

The alignment jig is designed to hold the frames in exact position relative to each other. The spacing between the stations is exact, as is the horizontal and vertical alignment. You can also see that the slots for the frames are all different lengths. This is so ensure that each frame will only fit in a very specific slot. Frames that must be faced a specific direction so that port and starboard are correct, have two different sized slots and can only fit the correct way. Pretty cool, huh?!


This is the intersection between the two bottom pieces.


When dry, I then glued down the two vertical alignment strips, and set a few frames in place to keep it aligned while drying.




The frames will all be removed and their edges taped before I actually glue them down.

That's it for now!



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