Ha! LoL! Your dog can play with some scraps…
for doing the rails really killer use the vertical sidewall as your guide. I was shown this by a
shaper named “T-Boy” who learned it from Joe Quigg and also a bit from Dick Brewer.
The “sidewall” is (should be your remaining 90 degree outline that shows even after your
rails are roughed in. So, at your widepoint, the sidewall should be about 1 inch after you’ve
domed the deck but have done NOTHING to your tuck (bottom into sidewall).
The secret here
is to make your sidewall flowing and really sexy. Sight the top edge down a bunch of
different ways, knocking down any highs so you have a nice sweep looking along the
sidewall/deckdome line. Then make the other sidewall look the same.
what you should start to notice is that your deckdome has some lumps and bumps as you transition
from your sidewall, up into the deck. Clean the bumps to match the sidewall line, make it sleek.
This is called foiling- it gets ignored a lot by novices but is super-important to getting a cohesive
package of proper shaping elements. Things will “look right” as you will soon see.
you can put a bevel in for your tuck. For years I used the “fred” style tool, but I’ve been convinced
to go back to a single 45 deg bevel, focusing on two things:
First, keep the bevel the same angle. Pretty easy if your shaping rack accomodates your blank at
certain angles (hint).
Second, make BOTH lines sleek and sexy (sidewall/bevel and bevel/bottom).
if you have lumps and bumps in your lines and you know for certain your bevel is killer, then you have
issues with either template, bottom rocker, or both. This is the time to clean up your outline and rocker.
Use your shaping lights. Get into it!
After all this, you can start putting secondary, tertiary, bevels etc. But this would be probably too
much crapping on- sorry about that, I’m just into it.
hope this helps,
Happy New Year!