A disclaimer: You will notice SUN in these pics. The garage doors are OPEN for the first time months! It hit 50 F. deg. here at the homestead, the first time in months and months. I worked without a hat or jacket! It was nice indeed.
First, using the template included in the plans I kind of traced the shape of the foil onto the blank. I roughed it, because I would use the template later to match the shape correctly. Then, the first pass on the plane down the trailing edge side... and away we went. Remember that the trailing and leading edges are cherry, a hardwood. I sharpened my planes before this project and also during when I would swap sides. It made my life much, much easier.
Next up is the rudder. This is important because I'm waiting on several other issues until I finish the rudder. First and foremost is answering the question if I'm going to go with Storer's design on the rudderbox. I am not a fan of it. First: The rudder is never permanently attached to it, it slides up and down the box with no rear, bungee cords hold it in place I don't like bungee cords, the degrade in UV and salt, and I'm not interested in having to replace parts like this. Second and most importantly, the box and the tiller are permanently attached, which means I can't remove the tiller without removing the rudder and the box from the transom (now I have to put them somewhere-- think sleeping aboard). I could design some sort of device that folds the tiller up, but then it gets in the way of a theoretical boom tent or something else, or it comes crashing down in the middle of the night on my head. No thanks. Give me a tiller that dismounts from the box, so I can throw it on the floor. Third, with a permanently attached tiller-to-box, I will either have to enlarge the hole in the transom to use the pintles and gudgeons I want to use, or use Storer's suggestion which is two gudgeons on top of each other with a pin running between all them. I have spent more than enough time struggling with rudders and bizarre attachments that I know, in waves, with current, with wind, it's going to be a total pain in the ass trying to thread a needle through a million holes (of course the rudder wouldn't be attached which might make it easier).
Anyway, call me a curmudgeon, but I'm not a fan of the back-less, bungee cord, permanent tiller design. I may have to come up with something else.