Varnishing with This Old House and Jimmy Diresta

Kevin O’Connor of This Old House has visited our friend Jimmy DiResta at his upstate NY farmhouse a few times for special projects. They have built a few dining tables, a sign and in this video, they refresh the old favorite, Adirondack Chair, with some steel and of course, some TotalBoat varnish on old barn boards. … Read More


Meet Acorn to Arabella Stars Tomorrow at the JD Tent Sale

Tomorrow, come by the Annual JD Tent Sale for a boatload of great deals on spring commissioning products – but stick around for the entertainment in the tent.  Backyard Boat Building TotalBoat Ambassadors, Steve and Alix from the Acorn to Arabella YouTube series, will be with us for the day. We are excited they will … Read More


Boatworks Today: Reinforcing the Transom

When boat repair wizard, Andy Miller of YouTube channel, Boatworks Today, bought this recently restored Bertram Moppie, he was not expecting to redo most of what the previous owner had already restored.  But a close examination of the repairs didn’t make Andy confident in the work that had been done, so redoing it was his best … Read More


Boatworks Today: Fixing the Helm Station

Boatwright and YouTuber, Andy Miller, left a lot of people wondering how he would repair the holes in his fiberglass helm station. He wants to reconfigure the layout of his instruments and electronics and needed to start with a clean surface that would allow him to drill new holes wherever they fit best, without being … Read More


Video: The Making of Jackman’s Giant Epoxy Screwdriver

Our email to you last week promised a video to follow up and show the ingenious process used by TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman, in the making of his giant epoxy screwdriver. Rotocasting his resin parts using our super clear High-Performance Epoxy Resin, Paul was able to avoid showing any lines or layers of the epoxy. He … Read More


Pouring a Giant Epoxy Screwdriver – Part 1

We know you like boats better than river tables and epoxy art. We’re curating our best videos to share with you here, in hopes of showing you some interesting and often times advanced techniques being used by makers, craftsmen and boaters, too. This week we share Part 1 of TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman‘s making of … Read More


Fairing A Fiberglass Deck

With ample time, polyresin and fiberglass applied to the foredeck, Andy Miller’s Bertram Moppie is well on its way to becoming a better boat. The next steps are sanding, filling and fairing the fiberglass weave using an ample coating of TotalFair and the Flexisander Fairing Board. In only two coats of fairing compound, Andy is able … Read More


A Fiberglass Fix for the Foredeck

Andy Miller is back on the foredeck of his Bertram Moppie that is in the midst of it’s second (or more) restoration. Andy is an expert and he knows enough to have doubts about the structural integrity of the deck surrounding the forward hatch. The best repair is one that will last for the rest … Read More


Framing and Upcycling with Acorn to Arabella

The Atkins ketch Arabella has rounded a corner in her “from-the-ground-up construction. As of this week, Arabella is fully framed, with all of the individual frames steamed and bent into their permanent home. Steve and Alix have been busy arranging for this part of the build as they await a donation of white cedar which … Read More


Small Boat Restoration: One Sailfish at a Time

TotalBoat Ambassadors, Kent and Audrey Lewis, go the extra mile when working in their tiny, cramped boat shop out back. It’s less that the shop is too small and more that it’s occupied by the amazing amount of boats and projects being refurbished or constructed  by the industrious couple. They are as official as it … Read More


Paul Jackman’s Life-Sized Nutcracker

TotalBoat Ambassador and savage woodworker, Paul Jackman, rarely does things in minimal fashion. Paul tends to go big – to “Jackman Size” his pieces, like the massive box cutter he made and now his latest build, a life-sized Nutcracker. Never shying away from labor intensive or complicated projects, Paul’s recent build was a true labor … Read More


Boatbuilding with the Sea Dreamer Project

Have you been over to the SeaDreamer Project’s YouTube Channel? Policeman turned Boat Builder, Scott Smith, has been busy building a 41-foot Diesel Duck Trawler for the past two years in his backyard boat shed. As a novice boat builder, Scott has spent these years learning as he goes, finding success and unforeseen challenges, too … Read More


Jackman’s Wavy Segmented Bowl (with Epoxy!)

It was fun to entertain our newest TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman, last week. Paul was doing a New England tour, visiting his old stomping grounds of Rhode Island, and stopping off to see Grandma and some nearby family. We convinced Paul to join us for our weekly Shop Night and told him to invite some fellow … Read More


Holiday Making and Gifting with Epoxy

We were excited to discover that a few of our maker friends created holiday gifts using TotalBoat Epoxy. When TotalBoat Ambassadors Evan and Katelyn decided to team up with fellow YouTube Maker, David Picciuto from Make Something TV, resin crafting and creating was in full swing and the holiday spirit only added to the creativity. Check … Read More


Finishing the Frames with Acorn to Arabella

  Progress is steady in the Massachusetts backyard boatshop where Arabella is steadily looking more and more ‘yachty’ by the day. With every frame that is installed comes an easier view of the long sweeping sides that will soon bear planks.  But before planking can begin, this boatbuilding and video making duo must first prepare … Read More