Pic 36:    Rubbing strakes. These are eight of these, deceptively intricate as they have to fit over the raised mahogany planking. Each one was steamed to the correct curve (sharper than you think), and then  recesses cut out carefully so they could sit neatly over the planking. Even so, I had to resort to Superglue to fasten them. I got seven good ones and one that's slightly out. Like I said, Superglue is unforgiving and you only get one shot.

Note: When steaming pieces of wood, you can't curve the very ends because (a) you get poached fingers, (b) you can't get the leverage. So for short pieces like this, steam the middle part as required and then cut the ends off.


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