Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Hang Over & Cut Off Method


We are finally back in the Open Door Boatshop with Louis Sauzedde and his TotalBoat Work Skiff project. It’s time to trim the bottom planks that were attached and left hanging over the side. As Lou explains, he prefers to let the boards on the skiff “hang over” beyond where they will be trimmed, and then to “cut off” the excess. It’s a method that Lou feels ensures a proper cut with less costly mistakes which would require new boards and he uses this trick on every plank he attaches to the skiff.

Join us for Episode 18 and pick up Louis’ standard “Tips” on how to work with screwheads that have been damaged and some handy advice on the best use of hand planers and electric planers – each has a time and a place for use and Lou wants to show you when and where each work best.

The skiff is almost ready to flip over and start painting. Stick with us as we visit Lou’s boat shop and marvel at his “old man methods” and fun vernacular and colorful commentary. Please comment below, because as you will notice in this video, your comments and questions are being delivered to Lou and he is addressing them and getting you answers.

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19 responses to “Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Hang Over & Cut Off Method

  1. Lou,
    I am thoroughly enjoying watching you build the work skiff. You are amazing. Thank you so much. Can’t wait until you complete the next segment!
    Warmest regards.

  2. I could listen to Lou all day. Common sense — sometimes uncommon these days.

    Years ago I spent a 3-day workshop with John Gardner at Mystic Seaport, and like John, Lou is a delight to watch and listen to.

    Many thanks for this series. I hope you do more.

  3. I am enjoying this series and I am very interested in the “screw head slot chopper tool”. I have never seen one of these, can you tell me where I can get one?



    1. I would also like to know where Lou obtained his “screw head slot chopper tool”. I’m a 78 year old wood worker with all my fingers and suspect that it is like most of my older hand tools and is no longer available for purchase.

      I love Lou’s series and have learned a few great additional tricks.

  4. I’ve built four boats. The last is a 20′ Simmons sea skiff. I thought I knew what I was doing. Hopefully this will be number 5.

  5. I greatly enjoy, and am learning from, these excellent project clips from the Open Door Boatshop with Mr. Sauzedde. Like Larry above, I am also very interested in learning more about the “screw head slot chopper tool”.

  6. Very good! Lou, where can I get plans and information on constructing a motor well in the rear 1/4 of a flat bottom mullet skiff? Thanks

  7. Comments/questions for Lou. Enjoying this series and appreciate Lou sharing his expertise.
    Estimate of weight and draft of skiff assuming average equipment.
    Could skiff be made larger or smaller.
    Tips for sourcing material.
    Steering setups.

  8. Galvanised iron fastenings? Never. Driven galvanised square nails ? Never . Always use silicon bronze. Never leave any unsealed joining surfaces. ALL interior surfaces coated with what? A hole drilled in the stem looks agricultural. This guys needs to keep abreast of the times , This boat will NOT survive if left open to the elements . His repair techniques are flawless , but only for traditional boats. He’s tried to amalgamate traditional techniques with modern epoxies… not a happy marriage . Should have epoxy sheathed the entire bottom , 680 gram per square meter Quadraxial glass cloth and the boat could last longer than one season. Lignin in the timber will be corroding the galvanised screws as you are reading this. I’m amazed this boat was not made to last a lifetime , it’s made to rot and fall apart .It’s just not the way things are done.

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