Episode 17: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Lou is back this week and is ready to glue up the bottom of our TotalBoat Sport Dory. But first, he has to create two broadstrake planks, one for each side.  This is the next plank up from the garboard, or next plank down as the boat is being built upside down.  In order to make this plank, he needs to pattern the edge of the garboard plank above it and then take that pattern over to his stock material and transfer that edge.  While the plank is on the bench, Lou is also going to roughly plane down the next edge of the broadstrake just to take some material off and make the plank more pliable when bending it around the mold.
Before we can bring the pieces back to the boat Lou is going to electric plane down a scarf on both ends where they meet in the middle.  Once both of our broadstrake pieces are ready we are going to glue them together with TotalBoat 2:1 High Performance Epoxy, on the boat.  This makes sure we get the angle or relativity between the two exactly right, something that would be extremely difficult to do on the bench.  We now have both layers of the bottom, both layers of garboard planks and both broadstrakes made and fit into position and we can begin gluing our bottom together. Tune in and check out Lou’s next steps in the Dory build.

9 responses to “Episode 17: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

  1. Just a pleasure to watch Lou use the tools, the “touch” he has reminds me of how a musical instrument is coaxed to product music. Interesting to see the order in which he nudges the scantlings together also. Finally his experience in knowing what is good enough at each phase of the process is much appreciated. Before retiring I used patterns extensively in flooring installations.

  2. I want to build a boat my brother-in law has a lumber yard in windsor conn. I am afraid I will mess it up. I want to make something for the ocean that will hold a new 2014 short shaft 25hp evinrude motor I should of gotten a long shaft but I didnt. anyway I have been buying clamps? Lou please send me plans for 18 foot deep V dory of what ever for dummies I will send you the money

  3. I Love watching you work. Particularly with hand tools.

    Artists, Woodworkers, Shipwrights develop and refine their tool setup skills over a lifetime of work.

    Is there any way you could delve briefly into your personal setup for hand planes ?

    Thank You Again for serving as such an inspiration for us all.

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