Attached the keel to the frames and the stem today. Doesn’t seem like much, but it was a lot of work. I also had to notch out holes in the frames to get the keel to sit in properly. I pored over the plans for about an hour to make sure I was doing it right. Very frightening taking a chisel to a piece from a $500 boat kit.
By the way, that front portion of the boat that spans from the keel to the breasthook is called the “stem.” Yesterday, I called it a “stern.” I thought that’s what the plans said, plus stern sounds all nautical and whatnot. But, “stern” refers to the rear part of a ship. A “stem” is the front part of a boat. I’m always learning.
Here’s my keel where it now hits the stem. I had to use that clamp and some vice grips to bend it into that spot. The keel is a section of that oak wood with a plywood lamination on the bottom. It’s attached using boat nails and, of course, my plastic resin glue.
I’ll post more photos next weekend.