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    I built my first boat in the front bedroom....  it was just a typical flat bottom pram.  I had a skill saw and a phillips screw driver.   The next 3 were
    Message 1 of 7 , Dec 20, 2009
      I built my first boat in the front bedroom....  it was just a typical flat bottom pram.  I had a skill saw and a phillips screw driver.
      The next 3 were pirogue type boats... about 13' long and 28" wide,    I laid out a constant curve for the bottom using a long string staked down in the front yard.  Still had only a skil saw and a phillips screw driver !  I put 3" fiberglass on the chines of those.
      I owned a marina during the pirogue era,,, the neighborhood kids used them,,sometimes pretty hard,,, they had a life span of about 3 years.
      I also built a strip canoe about 10' long using 1/2" x 1" expanded polystyrene strips... I convered it with news paper and Gesso,,, then fiberglassed it... 
      A small dam that I didn't know about on Brushy Creek claimed it.  

      --- On Sun, 12/20/09, John and Kathy Trussell <jtrussell2@...> wrote:

      From: John and Kathy Trussell <jtrussell2@...>
      Subject: RE: [bolger] Re: Off topic /Tools that are needed
      To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Sunday, December 20, 2009, 3:38 PM


      Greg, here is a minimal list.


      You will need something to measure and mark with—a sixteen ft. tape measure and a handful of pencils. Some sort of square is useful, but you can make do with using a sheet of plywood to mark perpendiculars.  You will need a batten to mark curves—check out the molding section at your big box building supply store.


      You will need some way to support plywood while you mark and cut it.  Build a pair of saw horses (Google ‘Fine Woodworking Sawhorses’ for a set of plans).


      Once marked, you will need to cut planks/panels. I would suggest a hand circular saw, a saber saw, and a Japanese style pull saw. Prudence suggests that you cut a little “proud” of the line and plane down to the line and the appropriate tool for this is a low angled block plane.


      You will need chisels, but if the budget doesn’t run to a set, you can manage with a ½” chisel. You will need a way to keep tools sharp and a couple of whetstones are the cheapest way to go.


      You will need some sort of drill and most people use a 3/8” power drill with an assortment of drill bits and screw driver bits.


      A 16 oz hammer will take care of most of your hammering needs. A small sledge hammer will back whatever you are hammering, but I have used a much cheaper brick with success…


      You can never have too many clamps, but you can often make do with screws (removed after the epoxy kicks, but before it cures completely), a Spanish windlass, or wedges.


      If you will be messing with epoxy, buy a box of disposable gloves, a box of tongue depressors, and several rolls of paper towels.


      You can sand by hand with a block.  A random orbital sander is my first choice for power sanders, but you can use ”jitterbug”, detail, and beltsanders. Dust masks will save your lungs and sinuses.


      I use good quality foam brushes for painting and varnishing.


      The first boat I built (a Folboat ‘Big Glider’ kit) was completed with a ¼ “ power drill, a hand saw, a paring knife, and a hammer. I had to buy a pry bar to take the window out of a second story bedroom to get it the completed boat out—it wouldn’t fit down the stairs.  I was a lot younger then. 12 boats and 40 some odd years later, I now have more tools than time, but the tools listed above get the most use.





      From: bolger@yahoogroups. com [mailto: bolger@yahoogroups. com ] On Behalf Of haffdaddy
      Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 10:47 PM
      To: bolger@yahoogroups. com
      Subject: [bolger] Re: Off topic /Tools that are needed



      I would like to hear from everyone who has built a boat. Just what kind of tools I should have in my work shop. I have a few basic hand tools, but a complete list would be most helpful to me and others future builders. I now leave it up to you to add to the list.


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