Norwegian Pram- lapstrake construction

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by druidking, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. druidking
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    druidking Junior Member

    Hey guys,
    I'm building a 7.5 ft pram from 15mm thick pine planks (aprox. 4 inches wide). I have a book on how to build one, but it is rather vague on shaping the planks. So i was wondering if anyone could help me to understand how to shape them.
    Once I've got the first plank shaped (and bent) the way I want (and cut the angle), do I trace the bottom of the next plank? What do i do for the top of that plank?

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    Lurvio Mad scientist

  3. flydog
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    flydog Junior Member

    Lapstrake Pram

    Have you heard of a spiling batten? It is a benchmade device that allows you to capture the shape of a plank from the mould forms. Using this device was one of the most difficult processes in building my 12ft lapstrake boat.
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