It takes a lot of effort to go out in the Cold when you could just stay in the house and have a Christmas drink...
But I did postpone the drink, and wander out. It's small steps, saw the compound angle where the sheer strakes meet the stem. (Mark it out twice and check it again)
Break the edges of the sheer strakes with a block plane cause I am sick of splinters.
Tidy up a notch or two on the frames.
Now I'm nearly ready to steam the sheer strakes and bend them into place.
The chines rested on the frames, that made it easy to put them in place. The sheers will be underneath the frame notches. I am trying to decide if I should screw short battens to the bottom of each frame to rest the sheers on while I bend them into place, or just use cord slings.
Battens are more work up front, easier to bend the sheers in place, but will be in the way when I go to bevel the notches.
Slings may be too slow to get right when the sheer is cooling off from the steamer.
Battens first, then replace them with slings ?
As usual, lots of ancillary work makes the primary job go smoothly. If you ever see a craftsman work, and wonder how he does it all so easily, ask him, how much preparation has gone in that you didn't get to see !!!