Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks

I've been compiling this blog of boatbuilding tips and tricks, plus launchings and in-progress boatbuilding projects for over five years now. The vast majority of the questions I receive by email have already been asked by someone else, so if you take the time to read through the archives, you'll probably run across many the questions you may already have plus find answers to questions you haven't thought of yet. You also get a chance to look through many of the projects that others are building. I try to include as many of the photos I receive from builders as well, some from facebook pages.


Thursday May 16, 2013

Three Useful Tools for Fairing

Fairing is the process wherreby you taper the boat hull framing, so that you have a surface that the plywood covering can lay at the appropriate angle to create a level surface that you can apply glue to and run screws into to produce a nice bonded joint between the ply covering and the frame beneath. There are many techniques to fair, but these are the most commonly used methods:

Here I am using a block plane to fair the framing of an Ozark Fishermen ultra-light drift boat. This is a good, accurate method, but can be time consuming, particularly if the framing is made of heavier stock, like 2x lumber. It is probably best suited for the thinner framing materials, specifically 1x stock - 3/4" (19mm) thick or thinner.

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Here is Mike Davis using a drawknife to fair the framing of a 19' V-Bottom Hatteras Dory. This is a bit cruder than the plane method, but still has sufficient control to produce an accurate finish, even on heavy duty frtaming, in this case, 2x4s (1-1/2" thick stock.)

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Mark Vickers is shown here using an angle grinder on the stem of a 19' Alaskan Grand Banks Style Dory. He uses the grinder to smooth out after roughing it to shape with a shipwright's adze, a kind of sideways axe that is used for this kind of work. It's rough, but fast and effective and after a bit of angle grinding is just fine to make a solid glued joint between the ply and framing.

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- Jeff

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