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Acorn to Arabella: Fitting Hatches and House Tops

Steve and some helpful friends with sailing experience are in the Acorn to Arabella boathouse this week to help determine the best placement for some important parts of Arabella. With the sealed and varnished deck beams in place, they can layout a few options for placement of the house top, the mizzenmast, and for the … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Sealing & Varnishing Wood

  Finally, it’s time to begin preparing wood for the installation of Arabella’s knees and the clamp. Steve reached out to inquire about the best finish for the interior wood down below on Arabella, and we know satin finishes are pretty standard for use below decks.  We also heard that Steve could use some varnish … Read More


Summer Photo Contest 2020 Winners

Best Boat Build – Rob Funk – Wood Strip kayak  Best Furniture/ Woodworking Build – Tim Gallagher  – Adirondack Chairs   Best Restoration   –  Mark Baragar – “LaFenice”  1964 56′ Chris Craft Roamer  Congratulations to the winners of our JD Summer 2020 Photo Contest! We love picking a few winners when we have so many awesome entries for our … Read More


TotalBoat Tips Tuesdays!

We’re upping our game at TotalBoat, working hard to provide more weekly videos with tips to help you succeed with your projects. We know about a lot of the pitfalls and hiccups customers face from our years of Tech and Customer Support, and we are listening and weaving these common questions into solutions! Tune in to … Read More


Tally Ho: Varnishing Deck Beams

Leo Sampson and his crew of merry boatbuilders are making great progress on the restoration of his 1909 sailing yacht, Tally Ho. In episode 73 Tally Ho has started to resemble the curvy, gorgeous yacht that she is quickly becoming. With her deck beams ready for installation, the team is taking the time to seal … Read More


The Komar Project: Building a Bent Wooden Bike

When woodworker, Bart Komar, approached us about his crazy idea for participation in a “bent wood challenge,” we knew it sounded like something we could help him win. Not only because he would be using our Thixo, penetrating epoxy,  and Halcyon varnish on his build, but also for the love we have for bending wood. The challenge … 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


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


Comparing TotalBoat Varnishes With Boatworks Today

Andy Miller knows a thing or two about boat work and marine finishes. He put a few of our TotalBoat varnishes to the test when he compared them to the top-selling brands – and in the end, he liked TotalBoat Gleam best.  Often times selecting your varnish is about brand preference and past experience, but … Read More


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


Building a Canoe with Jimmy Diresta

Woodworking superstar Jimmy Diresta has just completed building his first ever wood strip canoe. Built on a mold that he cut with his CNC machine, Diresta confesses to being “schooled” on this project, challenging his many finely honed woodworking skills and calling on some new ones, as well. Using fiberglass and epoxy resin together for the … Read More


Varnishing Bacon with Jimmy Diresta

As Lou rows his new TotalBoat Sport Dory off into the sunset (and into a new owner’s possession), we take you to the backwoods, upstate NY shop of another favorite maker of ours and of Lous: welcome to Jimmy Diresta’s workshop.   Jimmy is hard at work on a massive cedar slab that, as he points out, … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Teak Sealer – Episode 36

The day has arrived for TotalBoat Sport Dory – It’s finally completed – and the smile on Lou’s face says it all! Louis has finished the build and he’s shown us some great boatbuilding and woodworking tips along the way, as he’s been known to do.  From the beginning, this dory was meant to challenge … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 35 – Varnishing

With only a few steps remaining, today Lou applies TotalBoat Wood Sealer and Gleam 2.0 varnish to the guards of the TotalBoat Sport Dory. Lou has suspended the boat upside down so that he doesn’t have to fight drips and drops on the interior wood of the dory, which he plans to oil, and not … Read More


Summer 2018 Photo Contest Winners

BEST PHOTO Montgomery Bauman We again had to choose more than one customer photo to win our Summer Photo Contest. Nearly every entry was worthy of winning something – but we had to settle on three and chose a winner in three categories: Best Photo (it is a photo contest, after all), Best Restoration and … Read More