SECOND STRAKE should fit flush into frame
notch. Check, then true up with hand plane.
SOLID PLANK second stroke laps over ply-
wood first stroke. Note bevels, sealant.
STEM, FRAMES, transom set up on building
jig. Make sure 2 by 6-in. plank is well dried.
little. Natural apple wood crooks are ashard to find as buggy whips in a dis-count house, so we've worked out aclose approximation of the originalframes using three pieces of sawn whiteoak glued and bolted together. You'dhave to build two or three traditionaldories to get the knack of beveling thebottom boards just right so they won'tleak. So, to get a tight boat on the firsttry, we've made the bottom of sturdy½-in. five-ply Douglas fir plywood. Thepieces left over after the bottom hasbeen gotten out are, incidentally, justright for making the lowermost sidestrakes so there's very little waste.The seams between the strakes onthis dory's sides are filled with any of the modern thiokol or polysulfide ma-rine sealants that come in tubes. Spreadon easily with a common caulking gun,they set into a tenacious rubberlikematerial that fills voids easily and pro-duces watertight joints. We used woodscrews instead of clinched nails tofasten the strakes together. They holduntil the sealant has set, after whichyou've got a boat that'll stay together
Make the three transverse framesfirst. White oak is best, althoughPhilippine mahogany would be strongenough and easier to work. Lay out theframe drawings full size on a sheet of plywood, showing both port and star-board sides. Weight down the parts asyou drill and tighten them to be surethat symmetry is retained. We usedwater-mix plastic resin glue, which isthoroughly water-resistant enough forthis sort of boat—but suit yourself if you prefer a more exotic kind.Use a straight and thoroughly dry 2by 6-in. plank for the jig's backbone;start with a wet one and by the timeyou're ready to assemble the boat it'llbe almost as crooked as an arthriticsnake.Now get out the plywood bottompanel and rough out the transom. It'ssmart to double-check the bottomwidths of your three frames against thewidths you lay out on the plywood—