Building Notes: Deck

DeckDecklashingImg_0559I spent a couple hours last night pounding the deck together.   I used the minimum number of deck beams: 2 in x 3/4 in red cedar pegged and lashed to the gunwales.  In Dick's East Greenland replica the beams are held in a blind mortise, with no lashings.  Pegging is a lot easier and faster than carving mortise and tenon joints, and lashing provides plenty of extra strength.  My philosophy for building this boat is make it ultra light, just strong enough,  and as quickly as possible.  I'm saving time not planing rough surfaces that won't be visible.  My other rule is I'm not going to use any sandpaper on any part of this boat.


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