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Books on Boat Joinery?

If you can suggest some good books you have used for boat joinery, I would really appreciate it.

In particular, I am working on my cap rail, which is 3/4" teak, 3" wide.

I made one attempt to replace it with ipe because it is cheap, but the results were not quite what I wanted.

I am specifically interested in how to make up a long curve out of multiple boards, how to join the ends, and specifically exactly how to saw and fit them, and what order to work.

Thanks for any help!

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There's an excellent book by Fred Bingham... but might be a bit more that you need.
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The Gougeon brothers book on boatbuilding has a great deal of information on joinery using modern methods. Not surprisingly, it revolves around the use of West System epoxy, but they cover glue lamination and scarf joints. It sounds like that's right up your alley.
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Best book ever for woodworkers is "Understanding Wood" by Bruce Hoadley (sp?). You'll learn a ton about joining wood in a damp environment.
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The best place to ask this question is on the Woodenboat forum. You have to register, but there are probably 50 guys who have done what you're trying to do and who can provide advice. Their bookstore will have Bingham's book and a half dozen others as well. Some probably have entire chapters on caprails. Chappelle goes into some detail about tapering and curving them so they look right in his book Boatbuilding (Howard I. Chappelle, W.W. Norton & Co. New York 1969) if you don't already have that.
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There's an excellent book by Fred Bingham... but might be a bit more that you need.
There's another Bingham book, "Practical Yacht Joinery" - full of great techniques.
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