boatbuilding tools the Wooden Boat Builder will need are mainly common
There are only a few
specialist tools that will be needed for
traditionally built boats.
what size your
project it is always best to buy good quality tools.
most things on the
market tools range in price from the cheapest to very expensive.
buy the cheap ones.
Even if you imagine that you will only use something once it is still
economy to buy cheap.
expensive stuff is only justified if you are going to specialize and
make a living from a particular skill.
is best to stick to the
good quality, robust, traditional style of tool.
an eye out for second
are those who
specialize in selling old tools. These are in demand because of the
of old tools.
can still find
out for those garage
sales, it is still possible to find 'Granddad's' old tool
collection being cleared out by uninformed heirs.
personally like to do as
much of the work with hand tools, it is somehow much more satisfying
quite often it is
quicker to do it by hand than to set up the power tool.
those power tools
sure take the drudgery out of heavy repetitive jobs.
days of yore the first task an apprentice shipwright or woodworker
have to perform was to make himself (it usually was a 'him' in
those days) a toolbox for his boat building tools.
is not a bad place
for the novice to start.
bear in mind that a
wooden tool box is rather heavy.
the weight of the
tools and you end up with something which isn't
Dad had a truly
wonderful wooden tool box, it was a lovely piece of furniture, lots of
drawers, lift out trays and a slot for everything.
it was thief proof, 'cause it was too heavy to move.
the other hand the
plastic ones are cheap, light and pretty well waterproof.
rolls are an ideal
way to store chisels and other sharp edged boatbuilding tools.
roll will prevent
those honed edges from knocking against each other.
If you are
building or renovating a traditional type of boat there are
few specialist boatbuilding tools you may need.
boats many of the fastenings were of
is still an
excellent method of fastening. It can be done with a hammer and any
lump of metal.
will simplify the job.
caulk a carvel planked boat will need
the restorer who
intends to re-caulk an old boat
needed to rake out the old caulking.
rakes can be
easily made at home from an old file.
More on Clamps
are some things that cannot be
learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily
are the very simplest things, and
because it takes a man's life to know them, the little new that each
from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.
can never have too
That is a bit of a cliché among boat builders but it is so true it is
clamp is like a third
hand. Several are the equivalent of a troop of slaves (but more
come in such a
variety of types, everything from the ubiquitous G clamp to
spring loaded and specialist Clamps
are several simple
clamps especially useful to have among the boatbuilding tools which can
easily made to measure.
I'm going to
include here some basic drawing instruments.
If you are not using professionally drawn
plans or working from a kit
do need to have some sort of plan of you project.
you will require measuring instruments.
Measure is indispensable, as is a straight edge for marking.
Try Square is
invaluable for marking square lines for end cuts.
Sliding Bevel is
similar to the Try Square except that it can be adjusted to any angle
then locked in place.
Level is as useful as
a plumb bob for checking that your assembly is vertical or
and scribers will be needed to transfer your cutting lines onto the
is a wide
selection of marking
and measuring equipment available online from Rockler.
Saws come in many guises, from
fast cutting, straight
cutting, to curved cutting.
style saws cut
on the push stroke while Japanese saws cut on the pull stroke.
tools such as Jig
and circular saws will take the tedium and effort out of long saw
Jig saw is almost
indispensable when cutting plywood panels.
to Cut Straight and Squarea using a Hand Saw.
most versatile hammer is the Claw Hammer
Pin Hammer is useful
for those smaller jobs.
Mallet is indispensable for those jobs where a metal hammer would be
of the most essential
woodworking and boatbuilding tools.
finely sharp are perfect for paring and cleaning out waste from
designed for heavy duty jobs where an ordinary bench chisel would be
weak or would jam in the cut.
chisels come in
an infinite variety of shapes and sizes.
is a good idea to keep a variety of
it is possible
these days to get away with one driver with multiple, detachable
powered screwdriver is
not only handy if you have a lot of screws to insert, but it also
the screws smoothly reducing the danger of sheering.
Wooden bodied planes can still be bought however, the metal variety are
more common and they are much easier to set and adjust.
small Block Plane is
the absolute minimum anyone should have among their boatbuilding
is perfect for cleaning up edges before assembly.
Smoothing Plane (No 4)
is next on the list of essentials for any one with woodworking
Jack Plane (No 5) is
used to 'flatten' size and square timber. Because of its extra
length it has less tendency to follow the dips and bumps in the
timber, an all round boatbuilding Tool.
Power planers will speed up a
job, but they are
noisy and not nearly as satisfying to use as a well honed hand plane.
that is just my opinion.
goes without saying
that a power drill will speed up and reduce the amount of effort needed
Chisel and plane blades
sharper and finer the
edge you keep on your boatbuilding tools the more pleasure you will get
dull edge will not only
be difficult to use but will also leave a rough finish.
your chisels plane
blades etc regularly.
a strop to polish the
a grinding wheel to
tools sharp and clean and they will be a pleasure to use and last you a
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Tool Box I just want to say that something is missing from every list of tools given by any builder, book, plan supplier etc.
I have asked friends and associates …