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River’s Edge Countertop with Jess Crow

In honor of our TotalBoat Ambassador, Jess Crow‘s, birthday today we bring you an impressive technique that Jess has mastered. It’s also the one year anniversary of TotalBoat and Jess’s launch of MakerPoxy, the artists’ epoxy resin that Jess helped to formulate.  It begins with her hand-painted boulders that Jess adds along the shoreline of … Read More


Creating an Epoxy Resin Petri Dish with Jessie Jewels Art

    We invited local resin artist Jessie Jewels to come into our new Narwhal Labs Makerspace and share her craft with us. Jessie is a teacher who has a classroom in Warwick, RI where she holds classes and has a studio. She joined us in the Lab to make some epoxy Petri dishes, which … Read More


Spooky Halloween Epoxy Resin Tea Lights

Woodturner and maker Ken Moon had some fun last week making some spooky epoxy resin tea light holders. He grabbed the TotalBoat Tea Light Holder Kit (which also can make some cute little mini planters) and used some of his own pigments, fun sparkles, and some High Performance Epoxy that he had on hand. The included molds … Read More


The Art of Boatbuilding: Fairing a Wooden Bottom

Last week Andy Miller’s video was a great demonstration of fairing the bottom of a fiberglass boat that needs some love. Today’s video from Bob Emser and the Art of Boatbuilding is another look at how to use TotalFair for filling and fairing, but this time it’s being applied to new wood on Bob’s Haven … Read More


Boatworks Today: Andy Miller’s Tips for Fairing Boat Bottoms

Andy Miller is refinishing a little sailboat that is ultimately in need of some paint, but not before a decent amount of fairing work on her underside! Using gelcoat as a filler first, then cleaning with DeWaxer followed by TotalFair, Andy explains the specific uses for gelcoat with wax as a curing layer, and then … Read More


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 lay out a few options for placement of the house top, the mizzenmast, and for … Read More


Catching Up with Lou Sauzedde: Building the Evelyn Boat

If you’ve been a YouTube fan or TotalBoat customer for longer than a bit, then you’re likely a fan of our old friend, Lou Sauzedde. We were lucky to collaborate on the video and boatbuilding series, the TotalBoat Skiff and the TotalBoat Dory with Lou in past years, and we are beyond excited to announce … Read More


Making Vinyl Graphics for Tim Sway’s Guitar Truck at Narwhal Labs

You might recall our joy earlier this summer when we had TotalBoat Ambassador Tim Sway on the TB “campus” in our makerspace, Narwhal Labs. He came to us for a video visit to spruce up his mobile guitar store and stage truck with some custom vinyl graphics and TotalBoat Elixir Paint in a custom color … Read More


Meet Tim Sway’s Upcycled Jambulance!

When the Tim Sway family literally pulled right into Narwhal Labs, we were excited at the chance to have some fun with Tim as he builds out his dream bread truck. He’s converting it to a traveling guitar store and mobile stage for his New Perspectives Music gig. Sway’s work revolves around taking reclaimed wood (from … Read More


Boatworks Today: How to Prepare for a Fiberglass Repair Job

Andy Miller is beginning to work on a fiberglass sailboat in need of many different repairs, from filling pinholes to repairing crazing and actual holes in the boat. The most important step is to determine your end finish. Finishing with gelcoat will have a process that is different to that of using paint for your … 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


Jackman’s Bespoke Pallet Slide Puzzle

Leave it to a few woodworkers like Paul Jackman and Jason Hibbs to take the Epoxy River Table to the next level. Of course, Jackman won’t build anything unless it’s large and made from recycled pallets, and Jason Hibbs of Bourbon Moth was just the man to taunt Paul with the creation of his bespoke … 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