Aft Interior Stripping Progress

All of the prep work has really paid off on this first layer of stripping. The first day I had some snapped strips, which is a real pain, especially when you are racing the clock with the epoxy kicking off. The board snaps and the epoxy is setting and you have to pull a whole board. Bad stuff. That first day I started by using lath screws. After the snapping, I switched to drywall screws, which really helped. After a couple more mid-board snaps I started pre-drilling holes as well.

The combination of drywall screws, pre-drilling, and being extra careful on strips that followed a more complex curve in my rhythm, really paid off. After that first day, I didn’t have any of the 1 1/2 strips snap on my as I screwed them into place. Woohoo!

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Epoxy before each strip.

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Getting ready to drive home the last screw in this strip

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Trimming the strip in place.

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Getting another strip ready

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Putting down the paper so I can get an exact “rub” from each missing piece.

After the Paper is in place, I simple rub and trace the missing shape.

After the Paper is in place, I simple rub and trace the missing shape.

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Collecting the rubbings.

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Trimming each rubbing down to size.

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Placing the trimmed rubbings onto the right sized board.

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Cutting the key pieces based on the rubbing.

Planing to fit.

Planing to fit.

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Checking the fit of one of the “key stripping pieces”.

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