Hi everbody, I am now working on the Bakdeck of my Hohenzollernmodell replica and I have a question regarding the deck beams. At first I believed they were made of one massive Piece of oak like the top beam in this Image here:
I thought that the raised centres of these beams were adzed from the beams in one Piece, however, looking at the Images below it seems that strips of Wood were placed on top of the centres to gain sufficient height for the beam-tops to be at the same Level as the grating coamings. The treenails fastening these wooden strips can also be seen.
Yes, the beams on the upper and middle deck on Vasa are constructed exactly the same way, with a filler treenailed on top to make the surface flush with the deck planking. Less wasteful than cutting down from the solid. See the drawing below, in which the cap or filler is coloured red. Note that the fillers here are notched; this is for the capstan mount located at these two beams.
As an aside, many of the beams on all decks have fillers of various sizes on top to fair the deck for planking, which seams to have been the Dutch preference, rather than dubbing the high spots in the beams down to fair them, as the English typically did.