How to Build the TotalBoat: A Work Skiff (Episode 3)

Finally Part 3 of our series on skiff building is here!

Follow the Tips from a Shipwright star, Louis Sauzedde, back to his workshop where he is sawing the planks for the TotalBoat Work Skiff he is building.  Lou has a great tip for cutting the adjoining planks so they align perfectly when fit onto the skiff. 

By now, you know you can depend on Lou for handy shortcuts and solutions that not only save you time and trouble, but help to make your projects come to fruition without a flaw. Not to mention his adored personality and that accent!

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6 thoughts on “How to Build the TotalBoat: A Work Skiff (Episode 3)

  1. I love these videos, but I make sure to count all of his fingers during each episode. No guards, no glasses, no hearing protection, no splitter, pushing off-cuts against the blade. Makes me feel like a pansy with all of my protective gear!!

    • We totally agree and would file this under: Old dog/ new tricks. We implore you to use common sense and best safety practices when doing your own projects.

  2. Agree very strongly with Cam’s comments. If that guy worked in my shop, he’d be pulled off line and warned about dangerous shop practices. If he did not shape up, he’d get fired. My liability insurance can’t support risky shop practices. Working in a professional environment around sharp blades is about three things – speed, accuracy and safety. This guy gets a zero for safety. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a NIOSH fan nor am I a tofu eating hippie. Nonetheless, a simple push stick would have reduced the odds of a bad accident significantly. Just saying…

    • Some of the audience for these videos are amateurs (like myself) who are not working in a professional environment. He’s setting a really bad example for people who don’t have OSHA or their insurers looking over their shoulders. Not everybody has the good sense to recognize that he didn’t use even the most basic safety precautions.

  3. Although sympathetic with the straight jacket of fears and regulation that we live with in today’s industry, and yes I agree with using the push stick, how could you possibly entertain firing this guy? Creative, problem solving, highly skilled and determined people are disappearing. You need to figure out how to capture and build on his strengths. Workers need agility and certain freedoms to create and problem solve without fear of reprisal for some bureaucratic mandates.

  4. Not a shipwright but I am a professional carpenter. Most of my tools have had the guards removed as well. Yes, I use glasses and plugs, but beyond that not much else. Guards and splitters on table saws get in the way and don’t allow certain cuts to be made accurately. Many tools just can’t be made safe, router, sawsall, etc. Absolute awareness of where your extremities are and what the off-cut is going to do is the only thing that saves your bacon. It didn’t appear he was pushing the off-cut into the blade, pinching it, but merely feeding the stock in the direction of the cut. He’s a master shipwright, criticism about his “safety” is laughable.

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