I was particularly curious to know about cutting the taper. The mast is
a little long for a taper guide.
> I marked the taper from 2 1/2" diameter at mast head down to 3 1/2" 6'
> below, and marked taper from below deck to the octagonal section at
> the mast step. Using a circular saw I was unable to cut all the way
> through with one pass, so had to make 8 cuts rather than just four,
> and had to clean up a bit with a block plane afterward. Somehow
> managed to stay outside the lines and ended up with a tapered square
> section blank to work from.
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