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I got a slow start on the Fafnir build, though preparation work is quite important. The boat rests on a jig during construction, and that is what I put up yesterday.

Fafnir Jig

Fafnir Jig

I decided to have the boat plans digitized into CAD files. The first step was the jig verticals you can see above. The work is being done by my friend Erin Hood. The panels were cut by my friend Marc at Elite Woodwork in Sarasota. The advantage of having CAD files is that small errors on the plans can be fixed in the 3D model before any wood is cut. The precision of CNC cutting machines is amazing and everything should fit down to the millimeter. Erin and Marc did a great job and if Erin wasn’t familiar with boat building techniques, he certainly is now. I can’t wait to see the first bulkheads cut this way.

Fafnir 3D View

Fafnir 3D View

Those files will be made available to Fafnir builders who can prove that they paid for an original set of plans, assuming John Welsford has no objections.

The top of the jig verticals needed to be beveled. I used a file for the bottom of the notches and an electric orbital sander for the top edges. Filing by hand took some time but the sander was really fast, almost too fast for comfort.

My next step is to laminate the keelson in place, then the bottom plate. Making scarf joints will be a pain. I need to build some kind of a jig for my router to cut those planks at an angle. I’ll probably make a video of that, so stay tuned..