Making gunwales and stringers

The gunwales and stringers are made from wrc (western red cedar, “jättiläistuija” in Finnish). I had some problems finding wrc in Finland, in local woodshops nobody seemed to know what I was looking for. Luckily I found out that wrc was a high end sauna bench material, it seems to smell nice when it’s wet, we noticed that when bringing it home in poring rain 😉 Btw, couple of boards of wrc were as expensive as couple of sheets Okume ply…

Making wrc slabs

I cut gunwales and stringers with bandsaw to almost correct size and then used plane and sandpaper to trim them to correct size. Some tapering was needed because I didn’t have proper sawing table, thus the outcome wasn’t perfectly straight.

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