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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


Making Epoxy Stained Glass with Xyla Foxlin

Have you noticed our new makerspace, NarwhalLabs, which has been appearing in many of our posts and stories recently? We invited TotalBoat Ambassador, Xyla Foxlin, to be our first “real” guest in the lab, and she came with a boatload of fun ideas to make something cool with the team.  An avid aviatrix, Xyla settled … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Removing the Molds

It was a tense, but exciting moment for backyard boatbuilder, Steve Denette and his crew. In today’s episode, they get to the long-anticipated step of removing the molds from Arabella. This step was celebratory when the hull stood taught without her molds installed. Now the team can install knees and finish planking with a clear … Read More


Louis Sauzedde Shows Us How to Make a Good Set of Saw Horses

After building the TotalBoat Sport Dory, Lou took some time off to find a new shop and reinvigorate the Tips from a Shipwright video plan. The YouTube channel, with over 140,000 subscribers, has obviously hit home with many of you. And like you, we were excited to see that Lou is back at it making … Read More


The Heart Of Haven – A Virtual Experience with Jess Crow & TotalBoat

        Highly energetic and impactful, Heart of HAVEN is an intentionally curated conference, combining learning sessions with hands-on workshops as well as several socials and brand networking opportunities. The goal of Heart Haven is to empower individuals to become confident in who they are as a creative entrepreneur, and for them to … Read More


Jackman’s Next Expliot: Making a Giant Wooden Hammer

As a follow up to last week’s Wavy Vase made by TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman, we wanted to share this other amazing oversized project that Paul “pulled off.” The Jackman Hammer is an astounding 90 pounds of wooden (and epoxy resin and varnish) awesomeness that Paul created as an addition to his line of Jackmansized … Read More


The Making of Paul Jackman’s Wavy Vase

We can’t help but love every video and sadistic project taken on by TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman. His love for pallets and upcycling forgotten wood is a labor of love and something Paul takes to the next level – or – as his followers know – to “Jackman Size.”   When he poured over 200 hours … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Picking up the Pace Making Planks

Today we find Steve and a collection of skilled friends working on planking and preparing for the sawmill’s arrival. The crew of Acorn to Arabella have been able to motor along with the oak planking, even with Alex away. With three people in the shop, two could work on Arabella while the third picked timber and made … 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


Steam Bending a Wooden Corset

Using scraps from her first foray into wooden canoe building, TotalBoat Ambassador, Xyla Foxlin, decided to attempt next level steam bending and made herself a wooden corset. You could argue everyone needs a fiberglassed, steam-bent, wooden strip corset – but maybe if this is on your project list you’ll reconsider after seeing how much work … Read More


Boston Whaler Repair and Varnish Tips from Extreme DIY

Jose Nieto knows a thing or two about fixing up boats. He’s on episode 10 of his Boston Whaler 13 restoration and in this episode, we loved his rolling and tipping demonstration using our varnishes. He started by sealing the wood with a few thinned coat of our Wood Sealer* and then topped that using … Read More