Fin nearly complete

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This weekend my friend Fred helped me make new hinges using his mill. I was not happy with the ones I made. The new ones are much better but not 100% complete, I still need to radius the corners.

This weekend I glued the plywood to the nose ribs. After removing the plywood from the jig it looked like this.

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Glued it to the nose ribs, this was not so simple for a noob. I prebent two pieces, one inside the other like the directions said to do. One had a slightly tighter bend. When attaching one looked a little different than the other. If I pulled them really tight they looked really bad, so I loosened then up and tried to pull the same amount on each piece thinking that the tightly bent one would relax a bit over the next few days. Good guess because it looks pretty good now!

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Used a zillion staples, I’m sure Stanley approves and wishes I would use more.

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Pulling then out sucks, I found locking pliers works great on 80% of the staples, the rest need pried up a bit first.

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This is just some of the staples I removed.

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Here it is, just needs varnished and four corner gussets added. Need to varnish behind the gussets before I attach them but I first need to go purchase some spar varnish.

Wondering how much this weighs? Bet you will be shocked to find it is only 1.67lbs so far.

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That metal piece was there to hold the fin on the scale and is not included in the weight.

Nearly finished product:

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