laminated construction

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A method of construction of many parts of small wooden vessels as an alternative to suitable planks and crooks, in which the grain of the wood follows the required curve. With this method such parts of the hull as the stem, the sternpost, the keel, fore-and-aft stringers, frames, knees, deck beams, etc. are formed of several thin layers of timber which are bound together with water-resistant glue into the various curves required. By means of prefabricated jigs or rigid patterns, various parts of the hull can thus be laminated in large numbers, enabling production of identical wooden hulls to be carried out with a reduction in time and labour costs. A familiar form of laminated construction is plywood which is formed of three or more thin layers or veneers of wood bonded together with glue. See also shipbuilding; yachtbuilding.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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