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Story Board Steps and Stages #3 Table of Contents

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Story Board Steps and Stages #3 Table of Contents

Donald Brink


Looking at your slab as we continue, stop for a minute and take a quick think about the fascination you have for creating something. This bunch of wood is quickly starting to look like something way different than what it was. It is important to enjoy your creative process along the way.

Alright lets get stuck in. With your desired plan in mind. Map out your wide points, nose, tail and end point dimensions. Draw your outline and take a good look from multiple vantages to get a real perspective of the plan shape due to flat surface unlike the end vision of a boards curve or the starting exception of a common blank.

I like to use a ball point pen for drawing the lines. Its accurate, bold and
will with withstand some tooling and traffic across the work surface for visability and reference from step to step.Cutting the board out is an obviously important task but what is necessary to
remember is that this accurate cut is going to stay with you all the way to the water and beyond. Cut as close to the line as you feel comfortable. But in all honest, the closer
you cut and more accurate you can be in every stage without going beyond a margin will do these two things and set you up to succeed.

Firstly, it's less work and cuts off time getting back to the plan from wide lining.

Secondly, the more accurately you start the more accurately you can stay.
Fixing things and fussy fiddling will only lead to sore points on the build and doesn’t promote flow and cohesiveness in the boards entirety. Safety first, cutting curved lines with straight blades with less than full depth cuts in the material its a sketchy excersize ands needs to be respected.
I used a skill saw with consecutive approach lines to turn the corner of the arc and get the close line cuts. Finishing the material cuts with a simple cross cut hand saw.

Tools: Skil Saw Cross Cut Hand Saw, and Ball Point Pen
Safety Hazards: Push back on the curve cuts

Images:Matt Gahan

Images:Matt Gahan