Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Shaping a Skeg – Episode 33

Today we find Lou in his Open Door Boat Shop, shaping a piece of quarter sawn white oak into the skeg for the TotalBoat Sport Dory. Using a table saw, a router, a hand plane, and some sandpaper, Lou – as you would expect him to – expertly fits and shapes the oak and then attaches it to the Dory using Boat Life Life-Calk polysulfide sealant.  Step into Lou’s boat shop and take part in the final stages of building the TotalBoat Dory.  With only a few steps remaining, Lou is nearing completion with this build and the excitement is mounting as we prepare to see the boat afloat and being rowed by the master shipwright himself.

8 responses to “Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Shaping a Skeg – Episode 33

  1. Dear Lou,

    I really enjoy watching your, Total Boat Show, and have learned a great deal about boat building. I know you put your boats up for sale at boat shows when completed and then go on to the next build.

    I thought you might consider putting up a future boat build ( when the public is told of the coming build ) for bid with a reserve amount to cover your cost. That way people who can not attend the show can bid on the boat.

    Thank you,



  2. Moving right along with the build.
    I haven’t missed an episode since the beginning
    Also the ones on the skiff.
    I will follow the sale on eBay. I’m sure it will do very well.
    Mr. S ———- Is a true craftsman. Not only with boats but anything
    that comes from a tree.

    Thanks much, John

  3. as old timey cabnet maker turn’d to boat building I constantly learn from lou he is a little long winded but on target no shaper lou come over to the dark side again I look forward to lou Alan

  4. Didn’t know anyone still did this kind of work. Very informative and enjoyable to watch. I’d love to stop by the shop once in a while and just hang out. (-:

  5. Lou,
    As always, a tour de force lesson in milling boat components. Thank you.

    I have to admit that I held my breath when you used the lead weight to hold the skeg in place while sketching the bottom line. A little too much energy with the pencil and the weight falls resulting in an ugly ding in the hull. Use another method, perhaps a tie-down, to maintain the skeg’s position.

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