The best way is whatever works for firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: ↑Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:35 amAssuming that my clamping and boiling water work over the next day or so, I will be ready to start fairing. It seems like a lot of people are not putting in the battens until the keel and chine are done. Is this the best way or am I missing something? It seems to me that the battens would help not over fairing the keel. On the other hand I could stand closer to the keel if the battens are not in. What advice would you all give in this area?
Many of us have done it many different ways. Pick the way to do it you like.
As long as you follow the fundamental process, there is more than one way to skin a cat (so to speak)
Your build is looking good.
As for the side stick on the planer, I did that too, but on a hand plane.
I also did a long guide stick out forward. you eventually need that guide stick both ways, to sides, and forward.
Personnally, I do not recommend power planer for fairing, it is far too easy to remove too much, and then you are screwed.
Fairing process is a process that reveals the sweet flowing lines of your work.
The better/accurate your fairing right now, the less smoothing filler you need later (in the paint process)