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Hello all. This is my first post on this forum. I am building an 18' flats boat using a stitch & glue method. I need to cut 2 bottom panels (6 pieces), 2 side panels (6 pieces) and 4 stringers (12 pieces). The nesting for each requires 3 sheets of 4 X 8 1/4" marine plywood with the cut pieces joined after cutting with butt blocks (or scarfed joints).

I have seen two methods for cutting used - CNC routing or jig saw. I don't have the money to purchase or hire the CNC routing and the jig saw cutting was rougher than I would like. Over 60% of the cutting is straight line, the balance curves.

Can you let me have hints and tips to use a hand held router to handle the curved parts. I will use a jig similar to a router dado jig for the straight line cutting.

I have attached the study plans for the boat.


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