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


Third Coast Boat Building: Chine Logs and Scarfing Sides

Chris Schoenberg from Third Coast Craftsman YouTube Channel is up at his shop in Michigan making great progress on his fly fishing boat. He’s planing the chine log on his skiff using a power plane and his #6 hand plane. Using cardboard, Chris makes a pattern for the Okume plywood he will have to fit … 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


Gone Cruising: Meet the Spoondrifters

Todd and Tammy Smith have purchased a hurricane-damaged 1981 Morgan 462. This ketch-rigged sailboat will be their home, their school and their vehicle to take their family on a round-the-world voyage. But first, they have to fix it and bring it back to sailing condition. They have a lot of work to do and not … 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


Third Coast Boatbuilding: Keelson and Frame Sides

Back in the midwestern shop of Third Coast Craftsman, Chris Schoenberg, we find the talented woodworker busily measuring, squaring and cutting timbers to use for the frame side members and the keelson. Schoenberg is building a wooden fly fishing drift boat and is permanently attaching these pieces, which makes him more nervous than any other … Read More


Boatworks Today: Installing Knee Supports on the Bertram

In another informative video from Andy Miller of Boatworks Today, there is much to learn while watching the installation of his Coosa Board knees. Fiberglassing is Andy’s expertise, so when he reaches for Thixo Flex to adhere his newly constructed knees to the inside of the hull, you know you can count on Thixo to … Read More


Cutting & Fiberglassing with Boatworks Today

Andy Miller can’t wait to get out on the Lake and get boating, but it will be a while because he still has plenty of work left to do on his Bertram Moppie restoration. This week he gives us a lesson in using Polyester Laminating Resin and goes into why he chooses to use it … Read More


Summer 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Once again you all have treated us to a bounty of amazing images that let us peek into your workshops and see what you’ve been working on. There were so many inspiring submissions and some amazing accomplishments, and as is typically the case – we could not choose just one winner – so we chose … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Installing the Port Side Garboard Plank

We’re back with Alix and Steve from Acorn to Arabella this week, continuing to follow their planking process. This week they move on to the port side Garboard.  They wanted to show a little bit more detail on what goes into installing these big planks, as it can be a little bit of a fight to … Read More