Cutting Futtocks from Live Oak
Ross Branch, one of the shipwrights working on the Ernestina-Morrissey project at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard has developed an ingenious way (Patent Pending) to use a special chain saw to cut the live oak futtocks for the ship. Notice the guide attached to the chain saw blade.
A piece of live oak is chosen that can accommodate the curve of the futtock to be cut. The wood is lifted onto saw horses and the pattern is traced onto the wood with the notes for the angle of the cut. Wedges with the correct angle hold the track in place. It is worth noting that live oak has a density of 90 pounds/cubic foot when it is green (63 pounds/cubic foot dry). Fork lifts are used to move the timbers.
Once the curve it doesn’t need much planing to smooth it off. VIDEO
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