Carvel Planking, Part 2: Spiling
“Spiling” is the process of determining the shape of a plank-to-be. There are a several approaches to the task, and each builder has their favorite. In this episode, instructor Greg Rössel uses dividers and a spiling batten to record a series of points on the batten. After spiling the plank, we’ll show how to create a bevel board to record the changing bevel of the plank’s edge.
We also discuss planking stock, and how the batten is a pattern that enables the builder to make the most efficient use of a board. Greg demonstrates how to transfer the data recorded on the spiling batten to a northern white cedar board. Using a marking batten, he “connects the dots” to draw the shape of the plank, and then heads to the bandsaw and cut it out.