This is a cross post from Ifish. From the TEXAN II thread. My restoration of a 60 year old PC Dory.
After reading the last 65 pages of this forum, I have a sense of familiarity with this group, so forgive the fact that the spray rails aren't destined for a Tolman Skiff. However, if I live long enough to complete the next three projects, a Tolman Skiff would be a worthy build. I will save a few of these 18 ft 2x8s just in case.
For those of us who appreciate fine wood, here is a bit of eye candy. Ripped from 110 yr old lumber.
Douglas Fir porn.
You are looking at the 1/2" x 1 3/4" rips that I cut to laminate up for spray rails. Up to 20+ annual growth rings in a 1/2" strip.
Looking down at the edge of one of the new bottom frames. Ripped to four quarter. Approximately 60 years of growth in that one inch.
Some things just aren't meant to be, lol. After my prayer bones gave out this AM, from repetitive stress, scraping paint, I decided to do something interesting, for a change.
The task? Rip an 18' 2x8 into spray rails and new bottom frames.(D fir, old growth, clear, vertical grain, 40 grains per inch, give or take a few.) Too nice to mess up. I scored a few of these boards about 20 years back and have yet to cut one. They are big, heavy, dense boards. They were milled over 100 years ago. They were left in the top of the historic Vancouver School for Arts and Academics (Vancouver Washington) when constructed, about 1910, I believe. Those boards called to me, and I heeded. The General Contractor on the remodel/seismic project was not happy when I spirited them away, but they weren't his, either. I didn't tell him that I borrowed his crane to get them down. Heh Heh
I wasted about three hours trying to set up my table saw for the cuts. Rollers, stands, shopmates, etc, spread out catty corner
across the shop. (36 feet needed to make the rips) Never did get a warm fuzzy feeling that I could keep the board moving and against the fence. Fussed with an 8' fence extension for a while. Still no go. Pretty much of a two man job, I reluctantly admit.
After this break, I'll go back and do what I should have initially. I'll rip it on my radial arm saw. Not a favorite among boat builders, but I find that old 12" DeWalt to be a remarkably versatile and useful saw. I have a 12' 2x12 bolted to the table, with a rip fence along the side. The saw is powerful, quite accurate, and cuts at any position imaginable. Damn good tool, IMHO. It will do the job.
I was somewhat concerned about how much life those 110 year old 2x8s (1 3/4" x 7 3/4" x 18') had left in them. Not to worry. After a few rips I ended up with a 3/16' flitch, 18 ft long. When I picked it up from one end, it didn't even creak, just hung there in a perfect six foot arch. Outstanding! It finally broke, but not until I was very close to bending it into a 40" diameter hoop.