Hammer Time

by Steve on November 6, 2008

The planking is finished and now the tedious task of clinching begins.


When the tacks were driven through the planking and ribs while the hull was still inverted on the form most of them hit the metal bands and curled back into the rib they just penetrated. Some missed entirely and others just didn’t clinch firmly. Now with the hull off the form a tool called a clinching iron is used to turn the tacks. The iron is held in place with one hand while the other reaches around the outside with the hammer for a final tap or two. Targeting the correct tack head is a combination of visual, aural, and tactile cues.


I’ve found I can do a quarter of the hull before I have to go lie down on the carpet for a while.


Once the entire hull has been gone over with the iron and hammer, finish sanding and fairing will follow.

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Papa Ray November 7, 2008 at 0:00

I can imagine. Tedious work there, but has to be done right.

Like I said, Great job!

Papa Ray

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