One Way to Make a Stem
In building stem pieces, sometimes
there are tapers which are not constant over the length of the
piece, such as on the B
and B Yacht designs Princess
22 that I am building for a customer. This is called
a "winding bevel".
Since the taper changes the bevel on the stem, you cannot cut
the bevel easily using a band saw. You COULD make a saw table
where you could vary the bevel as you were cutting, but that's
not really practical for just one piece. Here's another way to
cut that winding bevel. I'm posting a series of pictures showing
how I did it. This is only one way, but the overall time was about
2 hours doing it like this.
Here's the stem with one side
finished, ready to finish the other. The bevel has been cut, using
a band saw , to the angle of the small end. You can just see the
line at the large end showing the bevel angle at the large end.
Next, cut down to just shy of
the layout line. I used a pull saw, but another type works too.
Then I used a narrow chisel to
dub off the excess wood between the cuts, being careful to not
split off the bottom edge.
By the way- if you locate the trash can
just right, all the chips fall right in
Then I used a wider chisel to pare off
the rough parts left from the previous step, again being careful
to not splinter off the bottom edge.
After the complete side is smoothed with the
chisels, then I finish with the planes- first the block plane,
then a smoothing plane.
Here's the completed stem, ready to be offered
up to the boat. It isn't completely smoothed since usually it
will need some final trimming to make it fit.