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Tips from a Shipwright: Another Chilean Boatyard Visit

Louis Sauzedde’s famous stature as a boatbuilding video star extends far beyond New England and the United States. Chileans in the town of Lota flocked to meet Louis when he visited their local shipyard on the shore during his visit there last year. The press and locals were there to interview the superstar and get some … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Harvesting Oak Root Stock for Knees

Winter won’t stop Alix and Steve from Acorn to Arabella from making headway on their Atkins Ketch build. Even though they are beginning to make good progress planking Arabella, they can’t help but look forward into the future of the project.  They know they will need some nicely curved pieces for knees inside the boat, … Read More


Boatworks Today: Fiberglassing the Hatches

You watched Andy Miller of Boatworks Today, construct his deck hatches in the last few episodes of Boatworks Today. In this latest installment, Andy fiberglasses the panels he constructed using a laminate core material, called Coosa – or Airex Board. Using Laminating Resin and Gelcoat with wax, Andy applied multiple layers of 1708 fiberglass to … Read More


Boatworks Today: Making Hatches for the Bertram

Andy Miller has been busy reconstructing parts of his Bertram Moppie, adding strength and removing weight from some vital areas. Today he conquers the best way to template and cut hatches which will fit into the lockers he has built for the deck. Using Coosa Board for the core, Andy constructs the new hatches after … Read More


Tim Sway: Building a Guitar from a Reclaimed Ship

When the TotalBoss’s birthday came around and his family wanted to find him a special gift that acknowledged his recent affinity for playing the ukulele, we knew just who to turn to for help. TotalBoat Ambassador and YouTuber, Tim Sway, was the obvious choice for building this special project, and he was more than happy … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Setting Homemade Rivets

When Steve and Alix couldn’t find rivets that met their high standards for constructing their Atkins ketch, Arabella, they did what any sensible backyard boatbuilder does – they made them!  It’s probably not surprising that the young pair, who have harvested their family grown trees for planking and smelted their own lead keel from scrap, … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Testing Epoxies

When we got the call from the Acorn to Arabella boatbuilders about their Resorcinol problems, we wanted to help out. We’ve been supporting the boatbuilding duo since they started by offering supplies and support, so we were, of course, happy to oblige them by shipping them a variety of epoxies to test out.  We know … Read More


Boatworks Today: Fiberglassing Helm Inserts

Andy Miller is still grinding out the to-do list on his Bertram Moppie restoration. This week you’ll find him buried in the deck of the boat, installing new partitions that help divide out storage and the helm landing area.  Using Coosa Board, Andy cuts the pieces and uses Laminating Resin to apply multiple layers of … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Glue Failure Problems

Alix and Steve of Acorn to Arabella are attempting to glue together the longer boards for their next step of planking Arabella. But an unforeseen hiccup has stopped their progress and made them question their processes up to now.  With a project like this, there are always going to be ups and downs.  The key … Read More


Woodbrew: Simple DIY Projects for Home or Outdoor Spaces

Dylan and Molly from Woodbrew have been busy building up a storm in their workshop. The young couple has been making a video series for their YouTube Channel of some simple, but stylish furniture that will occupy their patio.  Their methods are simple and don’t require special tools or talents. Using basic home-store lumber, they … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Sawn Frames and the Stern

In the Acorn to Arabella backyard boat shop, Alix and Steve are working diligently on their Atkins ketch, Arabella, in advance of the cooler weather that is rolling in soon.   While Alix is working on the sawn frames in the stern of Arabella, Steve and another handy visitor Ahmed, put up the cedar rack so … Read More


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 … Read More


Jackman Works: The Perfect DIY Adirondack Chair

TotalBoat Ambassador Paul Jackman is determined to share his clever – maybe even revolutionary – woodworking designs and plans with the world. If he’s not collecting pallets to upcycle into woodworking masterpieces, you can count on him using some cool wood he salvaged to make something useful. Kind of like the Epoxy Resin Screwdriver that … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Installing the Last Oak Broadstrakes

The boatbuilding filmmakers from Acorn to Arabella, Alix and Steve, have discovered that planking can be a bit of a challenge.  They are learning to plank with some of the toughest pieces to fit onto the frames, and each of the oak planks has its intricacies.  The plank has to fit well fore and aft, … Read More