New Mast #1Going for a complete rebuild of the mast
I found this douglas fir at Lowes (of all places). I had to go through a couple of stacks of C-Grade planks but I found 12 nice pieces.
Ripping to Width
With double fences I ripped the 6 to 10 foot planks down to 3 3/4. The boards were pretty straight.
I built a simple jig for the scarf joints. The hand planer and belt sander removed the material very quickly and precisely.
The joints are glued together with Gorilla Glue... and plenty of clamps.
I like the glue`s color and texture. It is nearly invisible and expands into gaps and cracks. The excess sands off very easily.
The joints turned out to be almost invisible when the pattern of the wood matches.