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A professional illustrates how to restore a rotted transom in a fiberglass-over-wood outboard motorboat.
BOATING WORLD #103 Sep-Oct 1994 pg. 67

Tip on replacing rotted plywood decking.
BOATING WORLD #146 Feb 1999 pg. 90

How to replace screw plugs that are popping out of a wooden deck.
BOATING WORLD Mar 2002 (v.23#3) pg. 50

How to perform major repairs to an old wooden boat by replacing rotted wood, repairing holes, covering entire boat with fiberglass, and repainting.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1981 (v.4#10) pg. 18

Lapstrake boatbuilding. A look at one of the older boatbuilding techniques.
FINE WOODWORKING #36 Sep-Oct 1982 pg. 54

How to save a wooden boat by applying fiberglass to the outside of the hull.
HOME MECHANIX #700 Aug 1986 (v.82) pg. 68

Wood-epoxy construction building technique for projects exposed to water (boats, hot tubs, etc.)
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1984 (v.224#3) pg. 122

How to make and use a "bulkhead stick" to draw a pattern for a large curved panel (bulkhead) to be cut from expensive plywood.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #48 Apr-May 1986 pg. 87

"Invisible" butt joint used to join plywood in boatbuilding.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #48 Apr-May 1986 pg. 90

Scarfing plywood lapstrake planks when building or repairing boat hulls.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #50 Aug-Sep 1986 pg. 80

Use wood veneer to finish the edges of large bulkhead and entry cutouts and the perimeters of storage bins, compartments and ports.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #50 Aug-Sep 1986 pg. 86

Tip: Use recycled wood from packing crates or pallets in boatbuilding.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #50 Aug-Sep 1986 pg. 87

Double-planking repair. How to re-attach outer cross planking that has lifted (warped) off inner planks.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #53 Feb-Mar 1987 pg. 79

Use plywood laminations when making complex-shaped frames and beams.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #54 Apr-May 1987 pg. 92

"Third Arm". A plank supporting a holding iron makes it possible for one person to perform the task of roving down nails when planking a boat.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #60 Apr-May 1988 pg. 89

Simple-to-make "block clamp" that allows the scarfing of frames, wales, and other boat parts without removal.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #61 Jun-Jul 1988 pg. 80

Scarfing secrets. The professional way to form sturdy scarf joints in solid wood and plywood.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #62 Aug-Sep 1988 pg. 38

Exterior deck and cabin beams, rails and moldings. How to make both laminated and sawn beams. How to attach the beams to the boat so they are either permanent or removable.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #67 Jun-Jul 1989 pg. 69

Tips on working with CCA-treated lumber in boatbuilding.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #68 Aug-Sep 1989 pg. 6

Tip on sealing plywood in boat construction to keep it from checking. Tips on which plywoods are best to use.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #69 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 16

Stitch-and-glue (plywood/epoxy composite) method of boat construction. An introduction to the advantages.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #70 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 47

Boatbuilders of the Chesapeake. How log boats can be made without large trees, by assembling up to five hand-hewed logs with a watertight mortise-and-tenon joint consisting of a free tenon of oak joined with locust pegs.
WOOD MAGAZINE #13 Oct 1986 (v.3#5) pg. 90

The backbone. Part 5. Building the "deadwood" section of a ballast keel.
WOODENBOAT #38 Jan-Feb 1981 pg. 95

How current sawmill cutting practices affect the quality of wood available for boatbuilding.
WOODENBOAT #38 Jan-Feb 1981 pg. 108

An interview with Dudley Davidson who has learned the secret of sanding wooden boats using a disk sander.
WOODENBOAT #39 Mar-Apr 1981 pg. 50

The repair and replacement of stems in a wooden boat.
WOODENBOAT #39 Mar-Apr 1981 pg. 97

A general discussion of trees and limbs from which "crook timber" suitable for boatbuilding may be obtained.
WOODENBOAT #40 May-Jun 1981 pg. 120

Fitting the deck framing on a wooden boat.
WOODENBOAT #41 Jul-Aug 1981 pg. 91

Under-utilized boatbuilding woods. Part 1.
WOODENBOAT #42 Sep-Oct 1981 pg. 123

Plywood lapstrake construction instead of more traditional planking. Epoxy-glued plywood is a better method in almost every way.
WOODENBOAT #43 Nov-Dec 1981 pg. 44

Technique for fitting a bulkhead to a large wooden boat.
WOODENBOAT #43 Nov-Dec 1981 pg. 61

Under-utilized boatbuilding woods. Part 2.
WOODENBOAT #43 Nov-Dec 1981 pg. 120

Floor timbers. A look at the various styles, design, construction, placement, means of attachment and use of floor timbers.
WOODENBOAT #44 Jan-Feb 1982 pg. 43

Photos illustrate the process in steaming and fitting an oak coaming.
WOODENBOAT #44 Jan-Feb 1982 pg. 86

Photos illustrate the process of cutting a wooden boat "knee" from the crook of an apple tree.
WOODENBOAT #44 Jan-Feb 1982 pg. 88

Backyard vacuum bagging. How the amateur boatbuilder can laminate panel veneers using cold-molding methods. Requires only a simple mold, plastic film and a vacuum pump.
WOODENBOAT #44 Jan-Feb 1982 pg. 99

How to lay a deck. Details the various types of deck layups (plywood, tongue-and-groove, plank, etc.) and how to install them.
WOODENBOAT #46 May-Jun 1982 pg. 103

How to heat and reshape boat ribs using a portable heat gun. This technique enabled a boat hull to be reshaped without removing the frames.
WOODENBOAT #47 Jul_Aug 1982 pg. 109

Renewing TARNE's keel. Part 1. Tackling repair work in a well-thought-out and efficient manner. Replacing the keel on a 40-ft. ketch.
WOODENBOAT #49 Nov-Dec 1982 pg. 97

Chainsaw lumbering: Natural knees. How to cut your own crook timber. Tips on locating a tree with the correct curve, felling the tree and milling out the knees.
WOODENBOAT #50 Jan-Feb 1983 pg. 38

Renewing TARNE's keel. Part 2.
WOODENBOAT #50 Jan-Feb 1983 pg. 59

Custom sawmilling. How to get your own logs sawn just the way you want them.
WOODENBOAT #51 Mar-Apr 1983 pg. 106

A cold-molded rejuvenation. How to sheathe a wooden hull with wood veneer and epoxy. Includes opinions from others with wood-hull restoration experience.
WOODENBOAT #52 May-Jun 1983 pg. 92

Damaged planks, their repair and replacement. Steve Ballentine's methods for making a boat hull as good as new.
WOODENBOAT #53 Jul-Aug 1983 pg. 109

Cold-molded repairs for laminated boats.
WOODENBOAT #55 Nov-Dec 1983 pg. 97

A smooth and fair hull. What to do after the planking is finished, but before you can paint.
WOODENBOAT #55 Nov-Dec 1983 pg. 107

Distinguishing mahogany from substitutes.
WOODENBOAT #55 Nov-Dec 1983 pg. 120

Stopwaters. How softwood dowels, called stopwaters, are installed into the joints of a boat to keep water out.
WOODENBOAT #56 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 116
Added Info WOODENBOAT #57 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 12

Plywood: an engineered wood product. A look at marine-grade plywood products.
WOODENBOAT #56 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 125
Added Info WOODENBOAT #57 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 8

Traditional strip-plank boatbuilder Dick Pulsifer and his boatbuilding techniques are profiled.
WOODENBOAT #57 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 50

Making your boat tight again. How to repair wooden hulls after the seams have opened up.
WOODENBOAT #57 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 112
Added Info WOODENBOAT #58 May-Jun 1984 pg. 7

Plywood: Applications to boatbuilding.
WOODENBOAT #57 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 122

Making and using trunnels (wooden pegs which hold one plank to another in a lapstrake hull).
WOODENBOAT #58 May-Jun 1984 pg. 50

Bending "Spartan's" frames. How replacement frames were constructed for a 1913 50-ft. sailing yacht. Shows how a bending frame was constructed and how white oak was steam-bent to shape.
WOODENBOAT #58 May-Jun 1984 pg. 107
Added Info WOODENBOAT #60 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 5

Holding fast. Professional boatbuilder George I. Hodgdon describes his gluing and clamping techniques.
WOODENBOAT #59 Jul-Aug 1984 pg. 88

Save it. A description of several "cold-molded" reskinning projects on wooden boats.
WOODENBOAT #60 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 76

Cold-molded overlay: a close look at one technique.
WOODENBOAT #61 Nov-Dec 1984 pg. 104

The yeoman oak. Dilemas and questions that pop up regularly when boatbuilders discuss the ubiquitous oak. Part 1.
WOODENBOAT #64 May-Jun 1985 pg. 108

Bagging the Gull. Part 2. Cutting veneer planks, the layup operation and adhesives.
WOODENBOAT #65 Jul-Aug 1985 pg. 97

The yeoman oak. Part 2.
WOODENBOAT #65 Jul-Aug 1985 pg. 112

The butt block in its place. A look at the shape and installation of the butt block, an intergral part of a wooden boat's structure.
WOODENBOAT #66 Sep-Oct 1985 pg. 45
Added Info WOODENBOAT #67 Nov-Dec 1985 pg. 5, 23

New life for old decks. Covering (or replacing) an old deck with plywood, Dynel fabric, and epoxy.
WOODENBOAT #66 Sep-Oct 1985 pg. 64
Added Info WOODENBOAT #67 Nov-Dec 1985 pg. 5

Plank scarfer. Router jig for making nibbed scarfs in small-boat planking.
WOODENBOAT #67 Nov-Dec 1985 pg. 31

Plank scriber. A scribing tool that incises a crisp and narrow scribe line on one of two boards that are to be joined as closely and carefully as possible. Useful for getting good fits when building plank-style boat hulls.
WOODENBOAT #67 Nov-Dec 1985 pg. 32

Steam-bent frames. Why they break and how to fix them.
WOODENBOAT #68 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 87

"Hide-a-butt" joint treatment uses double-ended scarfed pieces, glued and fastened, that effectively transform two planks into one.
WOODENBOAT #69 Mar-Apr 1986 pg. 98

Native vs. imported lumber. In experienced hands, local woods make superior boats at lower prices.
WOODENBOAT #70 May-Jun 1986 pg. 38

Lapstrake plank repair. A professional powerboat builder's approach.
WOODENBOAT #71 Jul-Aug 1986 pg. 38
Added Info WOODENBOAT #73 Nov-Dec 1986 pg. 8

Teak on teak. A program for rescuing a worn-out teak deck involves applying fiberglass to the original deck and then covering with a new teak overlay.
WOODENBOAT #72 Sep-Oct 1986 pg. 53

Pattern for an articulated shipwright's curve is used for taking the shape of boat frames directly off the hull.
WOODENBOAT #74 Jan-Feb 1987 pg. 12

English-style lapstrake planking. Some tips.
WOODENBOAT #75 Mar-Apr 1987 pg. 68

The scavenger's art. Boat lumber is where you find it. Some tips on using secondhand wood.
WOODENBOAT #76 May-Jun 1987 pg. 29

Adapting new strategies for using pine and pressure-treated wood in boat construction. Some tips.
WOODENBOAT #76 May-Jun 1987 pg. 115

Wood preservation update. (1) Waterproofing plywood with epoxy. (2) Gluing pressure-treated wood. (3) Health hazards of treated woods.
WOODENBOAT #77 Jul-Aug 1987 pg. 116

Fitting a small piece of wood (dutchman, graving piece) into the wooden hull of a boat.
WOODENBOAT #78 Sep-Oct 1987 pg. 84

Replacing planks on carvel-planked wooden boats. An independent shipwright's approach to spiling and fitting.
WOODENBOAT #80 Jan-Feb 1988 pg. 56
Correction WOODENBOAT #81 Mar-Apr 1988 pg. 5

Bungs. Illustrated pointers on how to do the job quickly.
WOODENBOAT #80 Jan-Feb 1988 pg. 63
Correction WOODENBOAT #81 Mar-Apr 1988 pg. 5
Added Info WOODENBOAT #82 May-Jun 1988 pg. 6
Added Info WOODENBOAT #84 Sep-Oct 1988 pg. 5

Tips on protecting a wooden centerboard trunk from fouling and damage by shipworms.
WOODENBOAT #80 Jan-Feb 1988 pg. 85

Tips on determining when a wooden boat needs refastening.
WOODENBOAT #80 Jan-Feb 1988 pg. 85

Building the cabin sole (floor). Step-by-step procedures for installing the foundation for your interior joinerwork. Part 1.
WOODENBOAT #81 Mar-Apr 1988 pg. 65

Double-sawn framing. Setting up a schooner the old way.
WOODENBOAT #82 May-Jun 1988 pg. 48

Building the cabin sole (floor). Part 2.
WOODENBOAT #82 May-Jun 1988 pg. 75
Added Info WOODENBOAT #84 Sep-Oct 1988 pg. 5

Surviving the tropics. Sound building, repair, and maintenance practices for wooden boats.
WOODENBOAT #83 Jul-Aug 1988 pg. 48

Mock it up to make sure it works. Tips on checking the fit before joinerwork is final.
WOODENBOAT #84 Sep-Oct 1988 pg. 29

Stitch-and-glue plywood hull construction technique is ideal for those who lack traditional woodworking skills.
WOODENBOAT #85 Nov-Dec 1988 pg. 57

Set work. A few of the tricks and gadgets developed for shoving that next plank against the one already in place when planking a boat hull.
WOODENBOAT #85 Nov-Dec 1988 pg. 99
Added Info WOODENBOAT #87 Mar-Apr 1989 pg. 7, 18

Pressure-treated lumber revisited. How appropriate for boatbuilders is pressure-treated lumber designed for fences, decks, etc.
WOODENBOAT #85 Nov-Dec 1988 pg. 121

Scarfs and butts. Building long boats with short plywood. Three methods to join plywood panels to make them longer.
WOODENBOAT #86 Jan-Feb 1989 pg. 109
Correction WOODENBOAT #87 Mar-Apr 1989 pg. 11

Ordering lumber. A guide to compiling a boatbuilding lumber list.
WOODENBOAT #87 Mar-Apr 1989 pg. 46

Compression wood in white pine planking. How to identify it.
WOODENBOAT #88 May-Jun 1989 pg. 100

Repair strategies for cold-molded wooden boats.
WOODENBOAT #89 Jul-Aug 1989 pg. 92

Repairing lapstrake planking. A few tricks of the trade.
WOODENBOAT #92 Jan-Feb 1990 pg. 90

Whipping "Whippet" into shape. A look at those major structural repairs which old wooden boats often need. (1) Stem replacement. (2) Seam-reefing. (3) Framing and fastening. (4) Bending frames.
WOODENBOAT #93 Mar-Apr 1990 pg. 77

A contemporary planking technique. A fast and efficient method of replanking a batten-seam mahogany hull.
WOODENBOAT #96 Sep-Oct 1990 pg. 87

Comparing wood species from Australia, New Zealand and North America for their use in boatbuilding.
WOODENBOAT #96 Sep-Oct 1990 pg. 104

Making large laminated frames for cold-molded keelboats.
WOODENBOAT #97 Nov-Dec 1990 pg. 44

Lofting curved, raked transoms. Step-by-step instructions to create a perfect transom.
WOODENBOAT #98 Jan-Feb 1991 pg. 41

Transom replacement. A common-sense approach for replacing a transom on a Concordia 33 cruising sloop.
WOODENBOAT #99 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 28
Added Info WOODENBOAT #100 May-Jun 1991 pg. 4

Healing the break. An alternative method for repairing a broken frame in a boat hull involves removing much of the original frame adjacent to the break and replacing with laminations of wood and glue.
WOODENBOAT #99 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 63
Added Info WOODENBOAT #101 Jul-Aug 1991 pg. 4

Raised panels. Designing and building beautiful doors and bulkheads for boats.
WOODENBOAT #99 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 86

Singlehanded boatbuilding. An illustrated guide to (1) moving heavy timbers, (2) using handscrews to form an all-purpose vise, and (3) bending and clamping frames.
WOODENBOAT #99 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 94

What you should know about plank curvature in boatbuilding.
WOODENBOAT #100 May-Jun 1991 pg. 31
Added Info WOODENBOAT #102 Sep-Oct 1991 pg. 8

Repairing storm-damaged planking on a lapstrake skiff.
WOODENBOAT #105 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 46

Wood and epoxy. The importance of keeping the core material dry when building epoxy-encapsulated wooden boats is examined by looking the many ways in which water can penetrate through epoxy and the damage that it will cause.
WOODENBOAT #105 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 94
Added Info WOODENBOAT #107 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 6

Making the right choices when selecting plywood for marine use.
WOODENBOAT #106 May-Jun 1992 pg. 35
Added Info WOODENBOAT #109 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 4

Converting traditional panel-over-frame, sheet-plywood boat construction techniques into stitch-and-glue technology. Construction of a model illustrates the basic procedures.
WOODENBOAT #106 May-Jun 1992 pg. 80
Added Info WOODENBOAT #107 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 4

Cause and prevention of chemical degradation of wood used in boat construction.
WOODENBOAT #106 May-Jun 1992 pg. 95

Tips on using a local wood supply in boat building.
WOODENBOAT #107 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 102

Strip-planking a new garboard. An innovative replacement technique.
WOODENBOAT #108 Sep-Oct 1992 pg. 31

Strip-diagonal planking. Building strong hulls with a combination of glued strip and diagonal planking.
WOODENBOAT #112 May-Jun 1993 pg. 91

Replacing a transom on a wooden boat. Removing the old transom, making a pattern, building the blank, and installing the new transom.
WOODENBOAT #116 Jan-Feb 1994 pg. 71
Added Info WOODENBOAT #118 May-Jun 1994 pg. 9

Rethinking the typical diagonal planking used in cold-molded boat construction.
WOODENBOAT #117 Mar-Apr 1994 pg. 102
Added Info WOODENBOAT #119 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 6

Spruce for spars. A comparison of the various spruce woods and their suitability for boatbuilding applications.
WOODENBOAT #118 May-Jun 1994 pg. 113
Added Info WOODENBOAT #120 Sep-Oct 1994 pg. 6, 124

Sheathing fabrics for wooden boats. Selecting the right resin and reinforcement (fiberglass, Dynel, polypropylene, Xynol, or Kevlar).
WOODENBOAT #119 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 40
Added Info WOODENBOAT #121 Nov-Dec 1994 pg. 6

The shaper. Understanding this versatile machine and its applications in boatbuilding. Several specialized jigs illustrated.
WOODENBOAT #119 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 66

Keeping rot at bay on a wooden boat. Wood preservatives vs. wood replacement.
WOODENBOAT #121 Nov-Dec 1994 pg. 115

Pros and cons of applying fiberglass-epoxy sheathing to a plank-on-frame wooden boat.
WOODENBOAT #123 Mar-Apr 1995 pg. 107

Wooden boat building methods. A detailed overview of the three methods of building a boat, no matter the material to be used. They are reduction, junction, and molding.
WOODENBOAT #124 May-Jun 1995 pg. 75
Added Info WOODENBOAT #125 Jul-Aug 1995 pg. 6
Added Info WOODENBOAT #127 Nov-Dec 1995 pg. 10

A jig for the band saw lets you cut changing bevel angles (as found on a boatbuilding station mold) in a single pass. The jig requires two people to operate, one making the cut and the second changing the angle of the table as the cut proceeds.
WOODENBOAT #124 May-Jun 1995 pg. 94

Stresses and strains in wood used in boatbuilding. Tips on choosing woods to avoid problems.
WOODENBOAT #124 May-Jun 1995 pg. 120

Pros and cons of using epoxy to bond wood in boatbuilding.
WOODENBOAT #125 Jul-Aug 1995 pg. 100

Information on moisture and rot in wooden boats. Advice on use of sealers designed to control "dry rot".
WOODENBOAT #126 Sep-Oct 1995 pg. 109

Modifying a hand plane to cut accurate lap bevels when building lapstrake boats.
WOODENBOAT #127 Nov-Dec 1995 pg. 83

Modern repair of a vintage molded hull. Repairing each of four layers of cold-molded mahogany and the outer fiberglass.
WOODENBOAT #128 Jan-Feb 1996 pg. 29
Added Info WOODENBOAT #130 May-Jun 1996 pg. 7

Simply made patterns from card stock and a little tape. Making replacement sawn frames for boats is made easier by making a paper pattern on the old timber before removing it from the boat.
WOODENBOAT #131 Jul-Aug 1996 pg. 62

Harvesting hackmatack tree roots and trunks for the "crooks" which become "knees" in wooden boats.
WOODENBOAT #132 Sep-Oct 1996 pg. 58

Wood composites and their use in boatbuilding. A short introduction.
WOODENBOAT #134 Jan-Feb 1997 pg. 97

Wood durability. Includes a chart of estimated service life for 18 woods exposed to water above ground.
WOODENBOAT #135 Mar-Apr 1997 pg. 105
Added Info WOODENBOAT #136 May-Jun 1997 pg. 9

Scarfing and butt block techniques to make long planks from short ones in boatbuilding.
WOODENBOAT #136 May-Jun 1997 pg. 94

Tips on identifying and using ash, oak, douglas-fir and western larch in boat construction.
WOODENBOAT #138 Sep-Oct 1997 pg. 106

Technique for replacing the rotted lower ends of existing frames (and inserting additional new frames) in a full-keeled sailing craft without stripping the hull of its living accommodations, ceiling and covering boards.
WOODENBOAT #140 Jan-Feb 1998 pg. 34

Decks over decks. How to lay teak decks on plywood sub-decks.
WOODENBOAT #147 Mar-Apr 1999 pg. 56

Tips on using MDO and HDO panels in boatbuilding.
WOODENBOAT #151 Nov-Dec 1999 pg. 7

Ship shapes. A beginners guide to boat-making. Looks at both the "building in frame" and the "stitch and glue" method of boat-building.
WOODWORKER Sep 1988 (v.92#9) pg. 772

Specialized joints (scarf, mortise-and-tenon, dovetails) and supporting pieces (knees) used by boatbuilders.
WOODWORKER Jan 1992 (v.96#1) pg. 38