> I went octagonal (no taper) with the table saw and then went after it
> with a block plane.
> half way though, i got a power planer.
> either way, it's fun and easy.
It has been a while since I built a mast, the last one was a forty foot long
tear drop shape (to match the one I broke). I used a drawknife for the rough
in and a plane for the finish work, and a cut sander belt used like you
would a beach towel on your back to finish the rounding. If I had to do
another I think I would still use a hand plane. I loved the sound of the
blade knife working through the wood.
While I would push the plane, I would think about my father when he
apprenticed as a shipwright at the beginning of the last century. He would
get beaten if the old scottish shipwrights he worked under couldn't pull a
20 shaving from the plane. The best I could ever do was 10-12 feet.
Apparently the beating has some effect on the tensile strength of wood.
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