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Note: This post has been brought over as a legacy post from my previous blog site because it was popular.    Drafting and cutting out the hull pieces was an aspect of this project I wasn't looking forward to. There is very little on the plans around the hull pieces. While it is possible to draft out the pieces, that would take a long time and would be difficult to do accurately. I decided to cheat instead... and it worked!   First things first, splicing the plywood. Unless you can get 10' sheets of plywood (we don't get it around...

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Installation of the chines and keelson is a little bit finicky but isn't too difficult.   I used spruce 1x6x10 as stock and ripped them into 1x1x10 strips.   These are the steps:     Trace notches onto bulkheads in each position shown on the plans. I fully notched the bow and transom pieces as well since those notches would be covered with fiberglass tape (and paint) later. This would make life easier now without affecting the finished look. If you are doing clear finish you will probably want to only notch halfway into the bow and stern pieces so...

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Note: This post has been brought over as a legacy post from my previous blog site because it was popular.  Once the bulkheads are framed the next step is to actually mount them on the building jig. I used 1x4 planking to mount the bulkheads but anything of reasonable size can be used. I cut my planking to 2' but that's actually longer than required. 18" is probably lots for these.     The height of the bulkheads above the building jig isn't on the plans directly but can be derived from them. This took me a little bit of...

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Doing the layout of the pram is the part that I was dreading the most. Although the plans seem to have all of the details required, they aren't exactly as easy to digest as plans that you can buy from most of today's designers. John Gardner gives his drawings in a traditional drafting format. This means that, rather than having all of the dimensions where they would be most useful, they are spread sparingly across all sheets drawings.  While I understand the rational of doing it this way, it doesn't make it very easy for actually figuring out what to...

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Note: This post has been brought over as a legacy post from my previous blog site because it was popular.    Step 1 of the pram build is to set up the building jig for the project. Actually, truth be told, step 1 for me was to clean up my garage/workshop/storage area so that I can fit the project in. They say that cleanliness is next to godliness. If that's the case, my garage is the devils playground.   Anyways, this step is very straight forward as described in Gardner's book. I simply set up two 10 foot long 2x4,...

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