Laminating is the 20th century version of scarfing – making a bunch of smaller pieces of wood into one bigger one that is the size or shape we need. In this case, the stem is laminated from a number of smaller, thinner strips of sapele that will be hugely easier to work with than trying to saw or bend one giant piece into shape. There’s a lot of epoxy involved, and it’s a pretty big mess when we get back to it in the morning.

Here’s what it looks like in the middle of knocing down the bumps with a combinationg of chisels, handplane, and scraper- whatever seems like the most fun at the moment.

Next, the centerboard trunk sides get some love and sanding, as we level them out, choose which sides will be the show faces, and think critically about what it means to be “flat.”

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