Tool Tips from Louis Sauzedde: The Electric Planer

With the TotalBoat Sport Dory done and waiting for a nice fall day to show off her rowing prowess (next week!), Lou is back at the workbench, but this time he’s making some adjustments and showing us how it’s done on a brand new Ryobi Planer. The electric planer is a staple in Lou’s toolbox, … Read More


Boatbuilding -LIVE NOW! On the TotalBoat Workshop Web Cam

It’s been a while since we have had something worth showing you from our Live Web Camera in the TotalBoat Workshop. But since you were all so riveted by the Vela Restoration that we did a few years ago in the workshop, we thought you might like to see what we’re up to now – … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 32 Priming the Dory

The TotalBoat Sport Dory is finally ready for some paint and today Lou will show us how he prepped the surface of the dory’s bottom before priming. Using TotalBoat’s TotalFair fairing compound, Lou filled in the weave on the carbon/ kevlar cloth on his bottom and gave himself a nice smooth and fair surface to … Read More


Making Paddles with Jimmy DiResta

YouTube superstar, Jimmy DiResta, is no stranger to “making” things by hand. He would never order a pair of paddles for the canoe he’s building when he can order some fancy, spalted maple and walnut to carve, plane and sand into submission. DiResta is a legend when it comes to being a ‘Maker.” In fact, … Read More


Q&A Time with Louis on the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Lou is getting pretty close to finishing up and launching his TotalBoat Sport Dory!!! In this week’s Episode, Lou answers some great questions from the audience as well as taking a close look at how he installs the guards and inwales.


Episode 29: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Welcome back to the Open Door Boatshop, where Louis Sauzedde is busy making progress on the TotalBoat Sport Dory. In this episode, Lou determines the height and location of the seat risers and seats for the dory. The positioning of the seats is very important for stability and for efficiency when rowing.  Getting this placement … Read More


Episode 28: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Louis is back for Episode 28 in his series on Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory. With a fresh coat of Penetrating Epoxy applied to protect the wood, Lou gets to work making the bow stem. By laminating the wooden pieces for the stem using our TotalBoat High Performance 2:1 Epoxy, Lou shapes the glued pieces … Read More


Boatbuilding with the Neighbor’s Kids

TotalBoat Ambassador, Richard Honan, recently emailed us to share the news of his latest self-built boat, once again completed in his basement. This time, Richard was assisting, or maybe directing, as the neighbor and his son were about to learn the ins and outs of building your own boat. Richard shares some photos and his … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 24

The TotalBoat Sport Dory is looking pretty sporty with her second binder strake attached. In today’s video, Lou shows us a revolutionary solution to a problem he was having clamping the pattern and the planking onto the boat. Using an aluminum bracket that he is attaching to the sides of the molds, Lou has created a … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Fastening the Binder Strake

We’re back with another episode of the TotalBoat Sport Dory build. Our master shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, is working to shape and fasten the binder strake on the Dory. Using his block plane and everyone’s favorite, the electric planer, Lou expertly matches the bevel of this new plank and slides it into place so that he … Read More


Louis and the TotalBoat Sport Dory are Back!

Episode 22 finds Louis Sauzedde back in the Open Door Boatshop where he is fitting a binder strake to the TotalBoat Sport Dory. With some hollowing, planing, and adjusting, Lou adds this latest plank to the dory with some extra tricks for getting a super tight fit to the bow stem and to the existing plank.  … Read More


Ship Saws and Boat Builds

Many of our salty, sawdust encrusted friends who are building backyard boats have discovered that a piece of equipment that is paramount to a successful boat build is the ship saw.  Unlike a regular band saw, which has a table that can be set at different angles, with a ship saw, the whole thing tilts while the … Read More


How Grain Makes Wooden Surfboards

The Grain Surfboards team have been great customers of ours, buying epoxy and many consumables from JD to help with their surfboard building program. You can order yourself a ready to ride surfboard, or get your hands dirty building your own custom creation at one of their many workshops. And we think if you like building wooden boats or admiring them, that you’ll be an automatic … Read More


Episode 19: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

It’s Q&A time! Tune in to Episode 19 to get answers to many of the pressing questions being asked of Louis Sauzedde and his unconventional dory build. Some unusual boat building is leaving many of you wondering how he plans to bring it all together, and if some of Lou’s unique methods will work out … Read More