- jack plane- good help in trimming the inner stems fast. Planes also eliminate the dust a sander makes.
- low angle block plane- required for fine tuning the edge bevel on each strip and early hull/ deck fairing.
- spokeshave- good for initial hull faring.
- japanese pull saw- fine cuts. works for close cut along waterline or keel in my case.
- X-Acto saw- also found use cutting strips along accents, waterline & keel.
- clamps & more clamps- of all shapes & sizes.
- rasps & files- used here & there.
- cabinet scraper- for interior & exterior surface fairing. Helps eliminates all but last of sanding.
- cordless drill- perfect for assembling forms to the strongback.
- staple gun- mine broke after 3 staples and I reverted to 18ga nails. the resulting holes do not bother me. I see it as part of the build archeology.
- glue gun- used to help hold strips together. I used clamps and masking tape from shear to waterline, but glue from WL to keel.
- sanding blocks- 10-12" of belt sander strip glued to 1/8" ply makes for good use in trimming bevels on strips and fairing. Put a rounded block on the back of ply for a handle.
- hammer- can any project be completed without one?
- wood chisels & a way to sharpen them effectively. Chisels used to fair edges of strips along accents.
- levels- used for the squaring of forms. I've a 10" and 24" long.
- string- also used for the squaring of forms. it is also effective in lashing stuff where a bungee cord won't. Artificial sinue (used for my SOF kayaks) is incredibly strong.
- pocket knife- used all the time on just about anything, even when another tool is out of reach ... chisel, screw driver, etc. (I hear moaning). I most frequently use my Spyderco "Tenacious". Just awesome.
- quartz heater- good direct heat in a cold garage. Don't forget to turn it off when not attended!
- spongy shoes- some old Merrels have saved my puppies for long spells of standing over the boat on the garge floor.
- folding saw horses- the plastic variety are great for setting up a temporary work table near the task at hand.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tools (yes, all necessary)
I've made mentioned of the jig saw, table saw and belt sander, but there are many other tools I need to mention. All have been instrumental at some point or another: