Hess Woodworking Boat Building Journey

Today we’d like to introduce you to one of our newer woodworking ambassadors who is taking his phenomenal talent to the water!

Jason Hess of Hess Woodworking has always had a passion for woodworking. He started off his journey as a general contractor out of high school and in 2020 he launched his own business doing remodeling and small additions. He eventually was able to transition into full time woodwork, making videos of his process along the way.

His videos are quick yet detailed, and take you along his skillful building process showing you his projects start to finish. These videos have helped him build up a sizable following on all social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

We’ve enjoyed working with Jason so much, which is why we were beyond excited when he expressed interest in building his first boat! A couple weeks ago he debuted this project with this video where he builds a miniature boat to test out his design. For this miniature boat, he was able to do the majority of gluing with CA glue, and gave it a nice coat of Gleam Marine Spar Varnish before testing it out in water.

After confirming its ability to float and hold weight, he then used 4-minute Epoxy Fast Setting Clear Adhesive to put in a mini engine to give it some power.

With Jason’s miniature boat test design complete, he was ready to dive in to the full size boat! In part one of this series, Jason constructs a 19 foot long piece of custom Mahogany plywood for the body of the boat using a beautiful duck tail pattern and High Performance Epoxy with Slow Hardener.

So if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Hess Woodworking social channels, give him a follow on YouTube Channel, and support him along journey with his first boat build!

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Sir: Thanks. Will the dovetail form of joining plywood sheets withstand the (gentle) curves involved, such as for side planks, 1/2"?

Dennis Harrington

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