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


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


Making a Live Edge Waterfall Table

Woodworker, April Wilkerson, is a favorite YouTuber of ours for her simple, easy to follow how-to videos. It seems there isn’t anything April can’t do, and this video is proof. She takes a slab of beautiful live-edged wood and cuts, fills and finishes it into a gorgeous waterfall coffee table.  April uses our TotalBoat 2:1 Epoxy to fill the cracks … Read More


Video of the Week: Steaming Frames for Arabella

Alix and Steve are building Arabella in their backyard and it’s no small task. They’re arguably at one of the most critical stages of their build, steam bending and installing frames, and like all the other tasks they take on, they have done serious research in advance.  Because this is such a monumental moment in … 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


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