I laminated the keel in 6 sections using the same method that I illustrated for the bow excepting that I only needed to make the outer section. It is made of 18 layers of Mahogany veneer. The tricky bit was scarfing the sections together, as the different bits are curved. I cut the rear scarf on the bow, then offered up the next section of the keel, and, using the first section as a template, marked the scarf angle onto it. I made a jig with several strong magnets on a vertical face, and used a Japanese saw to hand cut the scarf. To my amazement and delight, the scarves cut this way fitted exactly together, as shown below.
When I was happy with the joints and fit, I screwed and epoxy bonded the keel to the hull, and then plugged the screw holes with Mahogany plugs. (If you use a plug cutter, you can match the grain direction of the plug with the surrounding timber, which is not possible if you use a dowel as a plug) . I used a tip that I learned at the West Systems epoxy course: I backed off the screws after the initial fit, then ran epoxy into the screw holes with a piece of ear-
Having searched the online chandlers for keel band, I decided that their products, typically £18 to £20 per metre, were too expensive, so I bought 12mm X 3mm stainless steel flat bar at £12 for 3 metres. In my ignorance, I assumed that it would arrive gleaming, just needing holes to fit. Ha! No such luck, it came as rolled at the steel mill, dull and slightly textured. I tried to polish it with a 1000 grit diamond sharpening stone without success, and then hit on the idea of using my orbital sander with a series of increasingly finer grits, and in no time I had a gleam on it. I finished it with rubbing compound on a felt wheel on my hand drill, and Bingo! -