The gussets for the frames have all been fitted, but some still need to be cut flush. I have widened the slots in the strong-back for the fwd frames to accommodate the gussets.

I have cut one of the side cover pieces for the stem from 3/4″ ply. The piece has been cleaned up, the edges have been sanded, and it will now serve as a pattern for the other cover and the hardwood core. Once glued up with epoxy, the stem will be 2-1/4″ thick ( 2 x 3/4″ ply,  with 3/4″ oak in between ).