I'm a first timer in the preparation stage getting ready to build a 10 foot Wood Duck: I've wrangled junk out of the garage and built a bench, I'm preparing a couple of sawhorses, pulling together the necessary bits and bobs, and last week I got the manual and the full size patterns. First of all I want to thank each one of you who has shared their trials, tricks and tribulations on this forum: the amount of cooperation and goodwill here is amazing and heartening for someone like me who has until now barely picked up a hammer, and I've already learned so much from so many of you I feel a general, huge thank you is called for.
Building from plans rather than from a kit, I'm on an extremely skinny shoestring, but lucky enough to live close to a reputable supplier of the plywood I need. The only snag is that they do not carry the requisite 3mm sapele, so I'm considering 4mm instead, which is as close as they get: this shouldn't be an issue at all since the manual notes you can use 4mm okoume for the deck...should it? (I've read so much about the importance of respecting the bending qualities of different woods)
The builder's manual leaves me wondering if it is better to scarf the 4x8 sheets together before transferring the shapes, or to wait until the longer pieces are cut out and scarf them individually. In the first case it seems easier to line up the pieces and make one long scarf, in the second case it seems like most every example I've seen shows people scarfing the pieces after cutout. What do people recommend?
Also, when addressing the joining of the parts, the manual reminds us to ADD the length of the scarf to one of the two pieces...this sounds simple enough and makes perfect sense, but perhaps I'm overthinking this because I can't visualize how to do it.
Referencing the manual again, on the page concerning transferring the patterns, there is a remark that puzzles me extremely. They write “Included on the patterns are bulkhead and form locations. Transfer these with the awl, but be careful not to cut on those lines!” Can someone explain this? Aren't I transferring the lines in order to cut them?
Of course the purpose of this project is to get myself afloat in a wonderful little boat. But it's also about diving into the unknown and challenging oneself. At the moment though all I can think about is the chance of ignorantly bungling one of these first important steps and ending up with a pretzel shaped boat, or just demolishing several hundred bucks worth of beautiful plywood.