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Mast Hoops

After some advice from boatdesign.net I decided to give it a try...

The Hoops...

Made from Ash. The sail fasteners hardware is out of brass.

Cutting Strips...

Ripping 4/4 ash after planing to 3/4.

Planing....

The strips are planed to as thin as possible. I believe I got to 3/16th. With the calculated length it should be enough for 3 layers...

4 inch templates...

We used a 4 inch PVC pipe. We then cut plenty of rings on the table saw.

Steaming...

After 2 hours in the seaming box the strips are rolled up on the floor to the PVC rings. Then simply fastened with a C-clamp.

Not always lucky...

The beginning was a bit frustrating. Until we started to steam for 2 hours and rolling up on the floor this was the result.

Gluing Jig...

This simple jig was used to glue the rings together. Following some advice I went for the "fake but last for ever" solution. The ends were sanded to a tip about 2 inches long.

The glued bunch

After figuring out the steaming bending we ended up with quite A LOT of ring. We finished them in 1 day.

DONE!

2 brass tacks add to the finishing touch. Now i will probably use clear coat to finish them.