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Classic Boat Finish On Mahogany

Here we take a look at the stains and finishing process used to get the same outstanding appearance that is typically associated with traditional mahogany runabouts! Deep uniform stains and a varnished surface so perfect it can double as a mirror 🙂 All of the materials used were manufactured by Pettit Paint (which is also the same stuff that builders such as Hackercraft use!) The stain itself is thinned down roughly 25% with Pettit’s general 120 thinner and can be applied a number of different…

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Steam Bending A Wood Toboggan Part 2

In our final episode of the year I finish the construction and assembly of a traditional steam bent wood toboggan.  The assembly was done using #12 stainless flat head screws that were counter sunk leaving the heads flush with the bottom of the sled.  After assembly the entire toboggan was finished with 2 coats of West System epoxy using their 207 clear hardener, sanded with 320 grit paper and final topcoats were applied with Pettit V-975 Satin urethane Varnish.   As I mentioned in the…


Steam Bending A Toboggan Part 1

Here I primarily cover tips and techniques for steam bending lumber. In this case it happens to be for building a toboggan but the same guidelines apply for any application.

Fiberglass Core Replacement Part 4

This is the final episode in the core replacement series. I’ll be updating this information section tomorrow 1/1/13

Fiberglass Core Replacement Part 3

Part 3 of this series. Is this episode I cover glassing over the seam of the new plywood core and cap as well as the initial fairing of the surface in preparation for finishing with Awlgrip paint. The materials used in this episode are: – 1708 Bi-Axial fiberglass – 1.5oz CSM (Chopped Strand Matting) – West System 404 High Density Filler – West System 410 Filler – West System Epoxy (105 resin and 205 hardener) – A general use guide for all of the West…

Fiberglass Core Replacement Part 2

In part 2 of this series I cover the cutting and installation of the new plywood core for the upper helm. The materials used in this episode were: West System Epoxy (105 resin and 205 hardener) West System 403 Microfiber Filler West System 404 High Density Filler A general use guide for all of their fillers can be viewed HERE I realize it may be a little confusing why I used certain fillers for one application and then another type of filler for a different…

Fiberglass Core Replacement Part 1

This episode covers the general scope of the project. The issue that we ran into here surprisingly wasn’t a rotten core, but rather the plywood core itself completely delaminated! After cutting the top fiberglass skin off, I removed all of the damaged core material and started getting things prepped for the next step; cutting and installing the NEW plywood core. Stay tuned for part 2!! The moisture meter that I used is made by Electrophysics and is their CT100 model. The tool that I used…

Shop Update And A Boat Build?

With how busy I am with my paying job, I unfortunately haven’t been able to get new video’s out as often as I would like. And until we get a little closer to Fall I don’t really see this changing 🙁 But, in the mean time I thought that a few of you may be interested to see what projects I’ve been working on in the shop! Mostly a lot of core replacements, fiberglass and painting! Busy, busy, busy… Like the saying goes, “Make hay…

Marine Caulking~ Which One Do I Use??

Products highlighted in this episode: ~ 3M – 5200 – 4200 – 4000 UV – General Marine Silicone ~ Dow Corning – 791 Structural Silicone – 795 Structural Silicone With the exception of the silicone, all the products from 3M I consider to be excellent “bedding compounds” which are what is best used for general sealing / water-proofing. Whether it’s deck hardware, thru-hulls, wood trim, etc a quality bedding compound will preserve the integrity of the boat by keeping the water out, and the core…

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