Third Coast Boatbuilding: Stem and Chine Logs

Talented woodworker, and now boat builder, Chris Schoenberg, is on Part 6 of his video series about building himself his dreamboat. It’s no mega yacht, but it’s mega important to get all these angles and attachments measured for the strongback, chine logs and stem on his drift boat. The boat is built on top of these vital pieces so it’s imperative that they are a perfect fit. Chris eventually adopts the Louis Sauzedde method of steaming his chine log inside a self-built heavy poly bag that allows him to place the chine log without it drying out. After the dry fit, Chris epoxies the chine log to the frame, using High Performance Epoxy first, then using TotalBoat’s Thixo thickened epoxy adhesive to make quick, easy work of this messy step. It’s fun to watch a talented woodworker like Chris sort through the various challenges that boat builders are used to encountering. Enjoy today’s video!

5 responses to “Third Coast Boatbuilding: Stem and Chine Logs

  1. with the multi-tool–the more you use it the better your skills. keep the blades sharp(they are expensive). You’re doing a fair job and developing your skills. Your presentation is good. At the beginning of each episode announce the boat’s description for the viewers–Designer, size etc. What city/state are you in. I’m in Sequim, Wa. Have been refitting boats for over 50yrs. Keep up the good work—-Mikey

    1. Great Video, Try wood blades for your multi tool the combo blades some times burnish the wood. If you do burnish the wood make sure you sand out the burn so the epoxy will soak in.
      Also take the screws out and use a Q tip or pipe cleaner and wet the screw hole out with epoxy. This will seal the hole and increase the holding strength of the screw.
      Thanks for the video

  2. To anyone trying this method, make sure you let the steamed wood dry COMPLETELY before attempting to bond with epoxy. Water is the enemy of epoxy, using damp wood will most likely result in failure

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