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Boat Build Update…

By | Boat Repair, Woodworking | One Comment

Hi Friends, I’ve gotten the options narrowed down on the possible designs for this Winter’s boat build. Basically there are two different directions to go:

Very simple (more of a quick and dirty with minimal amount of time, materials and character (something like this http://www.instantboats.com/teal.htm I should add that ‘Simple’ does not mean un-attractive; just less complicated 🙂

OR a more elaborate design something like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/nomadboatbuildi

The simple design would entail roughly 60 hours of work and cost under $1k and the more elaborate build would be closer to 200 hours and around $1700 depending on level of finish…

Both designs have an option for sail and rowing.

Which would you rather see / build? Please post a comment on my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BoatworksToday and share this with anyone you think may be interested in watching or participating!!

Thank you!


New Video! Shop Update And A Winter Boat Build :-)

By | Boat Repair, Woodworking | 2 Comments


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 while the sun shines!”

Something else that I’ve been doing over the Summer is trying to figure out a way to build a boat this Winter (yea, this is what I do for fun!!) I’ve posted an announcement on my home page going over more details on what I’m hoping to do. If you haven’t read it yet, CLICK THIS LINK!!

Also, please remember to TAKE THE SHORT SURVEY and share your thoughts on what would be most interesting for you to either watch or participate in!!!

Thank you!!


Toys For Tots Holiday Build

By | Woodworking | No Comments

As we all know, Christmas is a little under a month away and this year I would like to do something that I’ve wanted to do for a number of years now; organize a woodworking Holiday build to benefit the Toys for Tots Program.

Many of you are probably familiar with the TFT foundation and the assistance they provide. For those who are a little sketchy on it’s details, they are a great organization with the sole purpose of distributing toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community and to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters. This is a philosophy that I believe very strongly in. As such I would like to try and bring as many people together for a common and humble goal; to join in, spend a few hours in the workshop playing Santa and drop off your creations at a local center for distribution to families that are coming up a little short this year.

For the past month (and the next 4 weeks) I will be putting together video tutorials on simple woodworking projects / ideas that could be done with this goal in mind.  Currently there are 2 videos that are geared specifically for children, and the remaining 4 will be solely for this purpose.  Step by step instructions as well as the necessary templates will be available for viewing and download from this website.

The most current Christmas videos can be viewed from the home page on this site with additional videos available through the ‘video link‘ in the top menu bar. The templates that are available for download can also be found through the link in the top menu bar labeled ‘Christmas Downloads‘. Currently there is a small tugboat project as well as a toddler push toy (that IMO is absolutely beautiful!) More will be added over the next couple weeks, and ALL of the projects / ideas are things that can be built in a day or less. These are quality toys (the kind WE used to play with as kids) that will last for many, many years!

I would like all participants in this to send me a photo of the finished gift(s) so I can post them on this site. If all goes well I would like to see at least 100 items donated! Hopefully more!

I hope that a few of you out there share my interest and are willing to get involved. As well if you know someone that might like to participate please spread the word!

Please post any questions to this blog and I will do my best to answer them right away.

Thanks for reading!