Tools of the trade

30 Sep

I collected all the tools I have been using so far for the build and set them out to photograph them.    Anyone who will be interested in building a similar boat from full sized mylar plans will find this of some usefulness.   Missing from the photo would be my large metric ruler (2 meter stick), and my ships curve.

Tools used so far in the build

Tools used so far in the build

I have organized the local area of the garage so that each of these items are within easy reach.

Tool List:

1. Festool Jigsaw
2. 3/8 Drill for jigsaw pilot holes
3. Dremel Router
4. Heavy gloves for lifting full plywood sheets and not getting splinters.
5. Assorted clamps
6. Various weights, 6lb, 8lb, and 25lb   (All have been useful)
7.  Marking wheel for transferring lines from mylar plans to plywood (missing from photo is a small ice pick)
8.  Measuring tapes,  meter sticks,  15 cm 1/2mm scale ruler, 2 meter stick, french curves, boat curve (not in photo)
9.   Plyers (I am using to remove splinter guards from Jigsaw when replacing blades)
10.  Angle square  (when I need to draw a 90 degree line from the plywood edge)  A large T square would be better.
11.  Pencils and Eraser  (keep them sharp)
12.  Files, rasp, and sanding block
13.  Brush to keep surfaces clean

I have been cutting each plywood sheet the morning after transferring the patterns to the sheet.   I have completed 8 of the 10 sheets so far and will soon be moving into a new phase of the build.    Each of the tools shown have been used at one time or another during the tracing or cutting process.  The most valuable of course has been the Festool Jigsaw.

I have used the french curves the least.  The tight curves have turned out to be to great for usage.   To correct this  I found an adjustable ships curve which I  now use to draw the larger curves after marking lines every 3 to 6 inches.

An adjustable Ships Curve

An adjustable Ships Curve

1 Comment

Posted by on September 30, 2009 in Building Stage


One response to “Tools of the trade

  1. paula

    September 30, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    amazing that it takes so little in terms of tools. seems like it takes more tools to fix a leak under the sink.

    Go papa!


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