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Boat Building Techniques

Information about boat building techniques

Fitting a Cockpit Recesss

 There are a variety of ways to install a recess around a cockpit. Some people like to install the recess first and then fit the strips to the existing shape. I have found it is more efficient and the results are better if I strip the deck first and then cut a hole to accept the recess.

Build Your Own Stitch and Glue Night Heron at CVSW

Jan 16 2016 9:00 am
Jan 21 2016 12:00 pm

Stitch and Glue Night Heron

Build Your Own Petrel or Petrel Play

Sep 28 2015
Oct 3 2015

Wooden Canoe and Kayak Building Class at WoodenBoat School

Aug 23 2015 6:00 pm
Aug 29 2015 12:00 pm

Build microBootlegger and Mystic River Tandem

If you can't make the August class, take a look at the one in June.

Fine Strip-Planked Boat Class at WoodenBoat School - Nymph Canoe and Night Heron Kayak

Jun 14 2015 6:00 pm
Jun 20 2015 12:00 pm

Build Nymph and Night Heron

Registration starts January 2nd.

If you can't make this June class, take a look at the one in August.

Milling the Cove and Bead on a Router Table

How to Set Up a Router Table to cut Cove and Bead Cedar Strips

Cut the Bead First

I like to cut the bead first because it will not get dinged up with any rough handling. The cove is more delicate due to the narrow edges. By cutting the bead first there will be fewer opportunities for damage between milling the cove and assembling the strip on your boat.

So You Want to Build and Sell Boats

Building Kayaks for Cash

I get a lot of calls from people with questions about going into business bulding boats. It can be hard to be realistic about the business while your head is stuck in the boat. Here are some of the questions and some long winded responses.

Wooden Boat Festival - Port Townsend, WA

Sep 5 2014 9:00 pm
Sep 7 2014 4:00 pm

Boat building demo at the Wooden Boat FestivalOnce again, I will be attending the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington with Chesapeake Light Craft. This is a great event for anyone interested in beautiful boats.

Build a Strip-Planked Kayak and a Canoe with Nick Schade at CVSW 2014

Jan 17 2015 9:00 am
Jan 21 2015 5:00 pm

Build microBootlegger and Mystic River Tandem

If you want to build a lightweight, rugged, and beautiful small boat, combining thin strips of wood with epoxy and fiberglass will make a cartoppable, low-maintenance, and gorgeous vessel. Nick Schade has been building strip-built boats for over 25 years.