Sunday 9 May 2021

Boom | Making The Spar & Rounding The Edges

I should at this stage in the build be turning the boat upside down to finish the bottom of the hull, but as explained in a previous post we are still heavily constrained by social restrictions on what we can do in the pandemic.

So that will have to wait for a couple of months.

But in the meantime I can make the spars.

I tackled the boom first.

It is made from a length of 2 1/4" square Douglas Fir, tapering to 1 1/2" over 15" on its outboard bottom and sides

Here I am marking up the taper from the drawings.

And here I am planing the taper on the bench.

The edges of the boom are rounded over with the router and a 3/8" bearing guided cutter. I do this outside whenever possible because of the mess it makes.

Here it is.

A rasp is good to round the ends where the router can't go, like this.

That's the boom made!

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