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Structure of a frame ….

October 12, 2018

Each frame has two sections – a fore and an aft  – that are bolted together. The two sections are made up several shaped, laminated pieces that have to have staggered joins for maximum strength. The type of joint changes between a butt joint and a scarf joint again to have maximum strength in the final frame structure.

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Sections of frames ready to be fixed to the hull. The scarf joints ( the two long cut sections )  and the butt joints ( straight cut ends ) are  made in the shed and fitted to their corresponding sections at the ship.

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Frames sections attached to the ship showing the staggering of the joins and the change in the type of joint.

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Each frame section is unique and is made from a template. The shipwrights code each section as it is made – this section is – frame number 29, port side and the forward piece of the two needed.

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