Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Fastening the Binder Strake

We’re back with another episode of the TotalBoat Sport Dory build. Our master shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, is working to shape and fasten the binder strake on the Dory. Using his block plane and everyone’s favorite, the electric planer, Lou expertly matches the bevel of this new plank and slides it into place so that he can fasten it to the frames.   Using our 2:1 High Performance Epoxy, Lou mates 2 part of the plank together on the mold to get the perfect curve and gets one step closer to making the dory look like a boat. 


15 responses to “Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Fastening the Binder Strake

  1. Lou having struggles? How refreshing to hear he is mortal (and another reason why the series is significant).

  2. Way interesting episode this time around. Great stuff. And wow. Concepción Chile? That is a long way from home.

  3. Lou,
    Another great segment! I find your tips priceless, especially using the plane. How about a few tips on sharpening the iron, a chore i hate (because I am not very good at it).
    Looking forward to Concepcion.

  4. When installing the binder strake I noticed you are using bronze common slot screws not phillips. Is there a reason you prefer common screws?

  5. It was a pleasure (again) watching Lou relate the finer points of tool use. His section on using the block plane and concentrating on only one line at a time was just an excellent segment to watch. It reminded me of when I apprenticed with a shipwright back in the 60’s and got to watch this bear pawed individual caress his tools and demonstrate the very finer points of shaping wood. Thank you for the videos.

  6. I,m an 80 year old furniture builder and am really enjoying watching this kid (Lou) working on boats. I have picked up several tips just watching Lou working on a different aspects of the pleasure of woodworking. I started helping a neighbor build fish traps when I was around nine years old. The neighbor gave me a piece of broken glass and then showed me how to shave the fingers of the fish traps. Later I realized he was doing that not only to teach me to work wood without sharp tools but to keep me busy and out of the way.

  7. Slot screws make a lot of sense, especially when set with a brace. With Phillips screws Lou would have to hold that constant inward pressure to keep the bit from jumping out and marring the work. I bet Square Drive bronze screws would work best of all if that type of screw was even made. What a pleasure to watch that block plane craftsmanship. I’d bet it’s almost as sharp as Lou’s wit. Ditto the earlier request for a sharpening seminar.

  8. Earlier this spring I was on Lake Llanquihue in Puerto Varas, Chile. Beautiful shallow Vee-bottom rental boats on this lake, I was told, were made in Calbuco, Chile. The ribs were natural softwood crooks that overlapped over the centerline and the boats were carvel planked. Calbuco is south of Concepcion, but not terribly far.

  9. I really learn a lot watching you especially using the planes properly and to their best advantage. Go Lou!

  10. I would like more information on this polysulfide sealant/adhesive. Who makes it, etc. Information on setting time, etc.

  11. Thanks for the informative content and video. Way fascinating scene this time around. Incredible stuff. What’s more, amazing. Concepción Chile? That is far from home.

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