Fastening the Chine Logs

The chine logs run through the frame notches at the turn of the bilge and terminate at the back of the stem and front of the transom. The transom has yet to be built and the stem has yet to be attached to the keel, so for now the chine logs simply extend further than they are needed. Once the stem is attached, the chine logs will be cut flush with the back of the stem and set in place permanently. 

The hull turns towards the bow to meet at a central point while the aft section is relatively flat. The hull is composed of five frames, and only the last two are set relatively flat. This means that the front three frames are pretty much in line with each other until the hull curves towards the transom. 

To make installation and fastening easier, I began at the first station and worked my way aft. The chine log was held in place by hand and a pilot hole was drilled through the chine log and into the bottom futtock.  

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With the first three stations screwed into place, the chine logs were bent back into place and aligned with the chine notches of the last two stations. As they were held in place, the pilot holes were made and the bronze fasteners were screwed into place, securing the chines and tying the whole hull together. 

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Titebond III was also liberally applied to the faying surfaces between the chine log and frame notch, further reinforcing the bond between these structural members.  With the chines in place, the frames already feel much more secure and stable!

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