I'm working on the Auk 14 and I've run into a few things I could use some advice in dealing with..
1) Strips that need to twist from vertical to horizontal within 3 feet. I am having a hard time getting them to stay flush on the forms. Staples, even 9/16, pull right out of the particle board. I trying heating and bending (water and a heat gun, I don't have an iron I could use without risking marital woes), but they wanted to flatten out again. In one spot I glued a cleat to the form and used a block of wood and a screw thru the strips to get it closer.
2) Stripping around a hard chine or hard deck curve. I see the tips suggest thinner strips. Well, I don't have a way of routing beads and coves to thinner strips (no router table or correct bit). In Nicks vids he's always planing rolling bevels on flat edged strips. He's master at it and I'm not, and I'm using bead and cove supplied in the kit.
3) Cockpit opening template. It's only half a drawing on the sheet with the form layout. Am I supposed to cut this and transfer to another paper?
4) Minor gripes ...I'm not happy about the quality of wood used for the forms. I had issues with staples not holding on my other boats too. I wish CLC would offer the option of better material
I have purchased both of Nick's strip building books and have read the enclosed updates, but I wish there were more boat specific directions in the kit.