With the side panels already scarfed, we need to start on the bottom–since it’s 53 inches wide and sixteen feet long, we have to bevel four edges at eight feet each to generate that kind of width. That’s a lot of beveling, so we just do it all at once.
That’s a two inch thick, sixteen inch wide, eight foot long bevel.
While that is glueing up on the floor in the background here, we build the strong back. It is a very rigid, plumb, square, and level cage designed to hold each rib section at exactly its proper position in space. If it works, the sides and bottom will wrap on there smooth and fair, like a velvet glove. Of course this usually doesn’t happen.
On go the ribs, many with their bulkheads already installed.
Everything has got to be just so.
Each rib tip must be plumbed to the section lines drawn on the floor, and anchored firmly.
And now for the big question: did we create the perfect bevels on a fair set of ribs, and did we put them all in the perfect place?
Even that insane rolling bevel on the bow post, which twists from 45 degrees to a whopping 54. This call for a dram of whiskey.