Laminating the stem
There is a benefit to laminating the stem of a small dinghy, as it produces a very strong and stable structure and this is commonplace in small boat building. Traditionally the stem would be made from a piece of timber with the stem's shape matching the grain flow as best as possible. The pros and cons of both methods are covered in this section.
The techniques demonstrated can be applied to any laminating requirement such as knees, frames, deck beam etc.
The process is demonstrated in the accompanying video clips with a step-by-step guide. The conversation with the boat builder, in this case, Marcus Lewis is unscripted and covers the technique from his experience.
Stems ~ grown and sawn compared to laminated ones
- Step 1 ~ preparing the laminates
- Step 2 ~ removing the prepared laminates from the jig
- Step 3 ~ prepare the jig
- Step 4 ~ gluing up the laminates
- Step 5 ~ laying the stack of laminates around the jig
- Step 6 ~ clamping the laminates up in the jig
- Step 6 ~ clamping the laminates up in the jig continued
- Step 7 ~ removing the laminated stem from the jig
- Step 8 ~ getting the first side of the laminated stem flat
- Step 9 ~ thicknessing the stem
- Step 10 ~ cleaning up the stem
- Step 11 ~ marking the centreline
- Step 12 ~ checking that the stem is square
- Step 13 ~ transfering key information from the stem pattern to the stem
- Step 14 ~ setting up the router to cut the rebate on the stem
- Step 15 ~ cutting the rebate on the stem
- Step 16 ~ marking the shape of the stem
- Step 17 ~ shaping the stem
- Step 18 ~ completed stem structure