Acorn to Arabella: Preparing for Planking

The backyard boatbuilders, Alix and Steve, are more than ready to move on to planking Arabella. It’s been years of precise measuring, cutting and planning to get them to this stage, and they are not rushing it. They are taking the time to be fully prepared for this next big step that will take weeks of repetitive work, so setting themselves up now for success will be paramount to working efficiently.  In this episode, the “Acorns”  build a planking bench for work on for scarfing up full-length planks.  They modify a power planer to prepare for backing out planks.  And, they fair out the rabbet to its final shape, making sure that the back rabbet was a fair transition to the frames and that the bottom edge was a 90 angle to the back rabbet.
All these things together will go a long way towards making sure that the duo has minimal snags or hiccups down the line when planking, which is coming up soon!!

Meet Alix and Steve in our Jamestown Distributors booth at the WoodenBoat Show TODAY and tomorrow from 11am-1pm. Come shake hands with this motivated pair who have dove head first into wooden boat building with zero experience. At this stage in their build, their lack of experience isn’t showing as they hammer through difficult math and unexpected challenges.  Be sure to follow Acorn to Arabella on their YouTube channel.


6 responses to “Acorn to Arabella: Preparing for Planking

  1. Great job you guys. She is looking great. Your videos are very educational as well as entertaining. Keep up the great work, love watching Arabella come to life.

  2. THANK YOU so much for sharing your project with us! The demonstrated workmanship is truly an inspiration to this old woodworker and, I’m sure, so many other fans. Looking forward to seeing her planked…

  3. I have been following A@A from the start…as always outstanding work done by these two intrepid wood boat builders!

  4. Great video. I have a suggestion for centering and starting your plug cutter over the screw you want to remove: Make a wood guide by drilling a hole through a piece of plywood or scrap wood not too thick (say 1/4″ to 3/8″) the diameter of the plug cutter, then center the wood guide hole over the screw and tack it in place with nails/screws/ or clamps. Now your plug cutter will not wander. Once you have the plug cutter at a sufficient depth remove the wood guide and finish as you did before.

    1. I make the guide out of HDMW-PE…really slick stuff which allows the plug cutter to spin easily inside it.

  5. sharp tools!!! there is NO substitute for sharp! and the radius plane is incredible…Go get’m tigers!

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