Third Coast Boat Building: Chine Logs and Scarfing Sides

Chris Schoenberg from Third Coast Craftsman YouTube Channel is up at his shop in Michigan making great progress on his fly fishing boat. He’s planing the chine log on his skiff using a power plane and his #6 hand plane. Using cardboard, Chris makes a pattern for the Okume plywood he will have to fit to the boat’s sides. He makes his pattern oversized to avoid the tragedy of having his boards come out too small which would mean starting over.  As we have seen Louis Sauzedde do on boat builds in the past, Chris planes the ends of two plywood sheets to create a nice scarf joint between the two.  He attaches the two pieces together into one long board using our TotalBoat High Performance Epoxy with Medium Hardener. Chris loves that he can control the open and cure times of his glue-up using epoxy over a wood glue. We love watching the woodworkers discover the joys of working with epoxy and the challenges of building a boat. For talented woodworkers like Chris, it’s a challenge he’s happy to accept.

5 responses to “Third Coast Boat Building: Chine Logs and Scarfing Sides

  1. Usually the epoxy is thickened with some sort of powdered additive for adhesive applications like scarfing. I think total boat recommends this, rather than using only neat epoxy, especially on end grain. Use the neat epoxy as an initial coating, then go back with thickened.

    I like the inlay to cover the scarf edge. The scarf always looks so ugly.

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