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Wooden boat plans – How to pick them right?

Wooden boat plans   How to pick them right?

Boat reflection (Photo credit: Jesper Hauge)

Today I would like to share with you all how you can pick the right wooden boat plans to begin building a boat of your dreams. Did you know that building wooden boats is a becoming very popular and common? Most people think that one has to be very skilled to build a wooden boat, but in most cases this is not true. Personal wooden boats are easy to build and are also low on resources you have to spend.

You can start immediatley if you have just the basic woodworking tools and a place to work. By this I mean some kind of workshop or a improvised tent outside in your backyard. Everything else you may need you can get during your wooden boat build project is on its way. You may already have lots of the needed materials at home and you don’t know it yet.

If you are concerned that space could be an issue for you, let me tell you that any medium to significant sized garage should be sufficient room to build a boat as usualy personal wooden boats don’t have that much length

Once you’ve decided you would like to start building you may require some good ideas to look for the best wooden boat plans. Read more…

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3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by admin - August 21, 2012 at 21:20

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Quality Stitch and Glue Kayak Plans

Quality Stitch and Glue Kayak Plans

English: Canoe being built with the stitch and glue technique (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Boat building is very fun if you take it one step at a time. Beginning with small steps is crucial for your enthusiasm to last forever. I personaly think that a Stitch and Glue Kayak Plans is a great way to start building boats and start learning all there is to learn about boat building.

All information and materials in the Stitch and Glue Kayak Plans are (Copyright) 1997 by Doug Garmon. Non-commercial use is o.k., however, you may not reproduce this material in this or any other media

Doug spent a couple of days writing a comp prog to convert boat offsets into flat, ‘unfolded’ representations of the original data. That program generated the data from which I produced the representations you see here(.dxf, .geo) , the ‘unfolded’ dimentions(text, postscript), also. The actual lines of the boat took far longer to design than the program. The actual lines of the boat took far longer to design than the program. Clearly, the figures are created by transforming the 3d offsets of the boat into triangles that ‘grow’ outward from the first. Then perpendiculars are drawn from a (derived) baseline at intervals and where they cross the ‘unfolded’ figure, are measured. These ‘.gif’ images are much too lowres for anything but examples (I also cannot guarantee they are correctly proportioned).

Where to get Stitch and Glue Kayak Plans?

Click on the link to get the complete Stich and Glue Kayak Plans for free.

 

Quality Stitch and Glue Kayak Plans

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - June 26, 2012 at 23:41

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DIY Wooden Grommets Plan

DIY Wooden Grommets Plan

Simple wooden grommets mounted on the side of a wooden boat.

Recently I was searchin for some good boat plans and found this great plan for these wooden grommets. A dinghy I was building needed a simple means to attach a line to the bow for towing and mooring. I really didn’t want a metal ring bolt sticking out of the transom, but simply drilling a hole through it wasn’t the answer either. These wooden grommets fit the task perfectly.

Wooden Grommets Step-by-step Guide

DIY Wooden Grommets Plan 1. step - Cut three wood discs with a hole in the center. Hole saws are an excellent choice for this operation. The center disc should be thicker than material it will be placed through by slightly more than the thickness of the saw blade you’ll be using the split ti later.
DIY Wooden Grommets Plan 2. step - Glue together with a dowel for alignment.
DIY Wooden Grommets Plan 3. step - Trim dowel flush with the disc faces.
DIY Wooden Grommets Plan 4. step - Bore center hole with hole saw or Forstner bit.
DIY Wooden Grommets Plan 5. step - Shape the edges and sand the center bore to your satisfaction. On large grommets, a roundover bit and a router will do this job. More delicate grommets will require less aggressive methods.
DIY Wooden Grommets Plan 6. step - Split into two rings.
DIY Wooden Grommets Plan 7. step - Bore opening for grommet. Dry fit, trimming and sanding center of grommet to fit.
DIY Wooden Grommets Plan 8. step - Finished assembly.

You can download a full DIY Wooden Grommets Plan in PDF format here.

Also be sure to visit our other great tutorials like Making Accent Stripes On Your Wooden Boat or visit Free Boat Building Plans Category on Free Woodworking Plans Archive.


 

DIY Wooden Grommets Plan

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - February 18, 2012 at 18:29

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Making Accent Stripes On Your Wooden Boat

 

Making Accent Stripes On Your Wooden Boat

Recently I found a great free accent stripes plan online that shows how to make accent stripes on your wooden boat, wooden paddle or any special custom made boat part that needs to look great Making accent stripes is a little more complicated than making a single strip that contrasts with the basic hull color. It takes some thought and a little extra time to spend to make it look good.  The free plan details making a three part stripe – that is, making three individual strips, that when mounted on the hull, form the perfect finished stripe. The technique can be used to make just about any sort of accent, from simple two or three lines to complex repeating patterns.

Making Accent Stripes On Your Wooden Boat

Finished accent stripe

 

 

Making Accent Stripes On Your Wooden Boat

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2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by admin - January 10, 2012 at 22:05

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Top Quality Boat Building Plans

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Every one of you who are visiting this site, probabbly has an idea of what his dream boat looks like. Some of you will be or already are fortunate enough to buy or make the boat of your dreams. Well if you belong to the other side, that is to the people than can’t afford to buy a new boat, you should concern building one yourself.

Boat building used to be a difficult job that required a lot of skills and special tools, so it was pretty much out of your reach. So what has changed? I will tell you…

Top Quality Boat Building PlansMore and more people would like to enyoj a hot summer day on board a nice wooden day cruiser, or perhaps a small wooden power boat, or a canoe or just some sort of boat that sails. So when a lot of people want something, there has to be a way to make it cheap so everyone can enyoj it.

In this case, some boat building companies and boat designers started to design top quality boat plans, that are planned so anyone can follow them, no matter how many experience do they have. They are designed in a way to precisley illustrate the entire boat building process by simply following a plan and connecting the right “dots” together. It basically comes down to cutting different shapes out of sheets of plywood and than bonding them together in whatever way boat building plans tell you to.

But as everything in this world, there are some really good and some really messy boat building plans. I did a lot of research on this topic, and found a lot of cheap or even free plans thas seem OK when you first look at them. But when you start going deeper into design, you see that it is not so perfect. I read a lot of books on the topic (I suggest you buy and read this one – Boatbuilding Manual, Fifth EditionTop Quality Boat Building Plans by Robert Steward - it helped me a lot and it is really well written), and only then I started to understand what makes a good design.

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3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by admin - August 12, 2011 at 01:44

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Build A Wooden Cabin Cruiser With Free Boat Plans

Cabin cruisers are by far the most beautiful boats out there. I like the small ones up to 25ft to 30ft best, although boat owners usually say “the bigger the better”.

I own a small cabin cruiser, about 25ft in length and I must say that it is a great pleasure. Me and my family use it a lot and it’s a great boat for short sea trips with my family in the summer. We can stay on the water for couple of days, becouse my boat has a fully equiped cabin. That’s the beauty of these boats. You have somewhere to hide when it’s raining or when it’s windy.

The bed inside the cabin is very comfortable and one can easily sleep on it for days. Usually there is also a small toilet inside and a very small cooking spot. I modified my boat so I also have an refrigerator mounted on the deck (to keep the beer cold Build A Wooden Cabin Cruiser With Free Boat Plans ) and a small TV inside so I can watch a movie at night with my wife.

Cabin cruisers are very beautiful and useful boat, but the bet thing is that they are easy to build by yourself. Below you will find some great free cabin cruiser plans for some good looking boats. Sure, if you want only the best plans than you should consider a little more advanced but even more beautiful designs here.

Hope these plans are usefull to you all. I found them while searching the internet for new designs, as I am planning to build an new cabin cruiser that will be a bit longer. I am aiming towards 30ft.

Enjoy.

Build A Wooden Cabin Cruiser With Free Boat Plans

Dolphin, A 16ft Cabin Cruiser

http://www.svensons.com/boat/?p=CabinCruisers/Dolphin

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3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by admin - March 18, 2011 at 02:57

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