Making Homemade Boatbuilding Tools
There are numerous opportunities for the builder to design and create various tools and gadgets to ease certain boatbuilding processes. In this episode, instructor Greg Rössel treats the viewer to some of the shop-made tools that he’s devised over the years.
No tool in boatbuilding gets more use than the bevel gauge. Greg shows how to make your own simple gauge using a dull hacksaw blade and a soft copper nail. For capturing the curve of a frame when determining the hollow on the inside of a carvel plank, Greg introduces the viewer to an ingenious homemade tool he calls the “curve capturing device.” Other tools demonstrated include plank scribers, caulking wheels, and homemade clamps for both carvel and lapstrake planking.
Also included in this episode is an in-depth look at sharpening techniques for hand tools with WoodenBoat School shop assistant Pat Fanelli.