How to Build the TotalBoat: A Work Skiff (Episode 4) Cutting the Transom

Louis Sauzedde is building the TotalBoat Work Skiff in his driveway and has been busy cutting the lumber he has hand selected for the sides of the skiff. In this episode, he gets busy working on the transom, which is arguably one of the most important pieces of the boat. With the side planks cut, he finds a board that will fit his transom and explains how and why he cuts the board with extra room for fitting. A specific angle is needed for mounting an outboard and Lou has some tips about how to best cut this very important angle without removing too much wood. 

This series on building the TotalBoat Work Skiff has gotten plenty of followers excited about boat building and Lou’s techniques and equipment. Others have voiced concern over Lou’s safety practices to which we say: It’s LOU! We want you to try this at home, but please err on the side of caution when using these large saws and always wear safety glasses, use a pusher on your table saw and keep those fingers away from the blades. Lou has a lifetime of experience and we have all the faith in the world in him.

Watch all the parts in the TotalBoat Work Skiff series so far and let us know what you think about Lou, his work, the transom and the series in the comments below. And if you love the TotalBoat Work Skiff series, please LIKE and SHARE with your friends!

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7 thoughts on “How to Build the TotalBoat: A Work Skiff (Episode 4) Cutting the Transom

  1. Great as always! I still wince when Lou is on the table saw but I’m confident he knows what he’s doing. What he shares about boat building is far more interesting than machine safety.
    Can’t wait for the planking to start!

  2. I’m so impressed by this guy. I couldn’t begin to follow him as he has probably forgotten more about boat building than I will ever know! Great stuff to watch a real craftsman.

  3. Wow, every time I watch Lou work I’m so impressed by his knowledge and skill. I make artificial limbs for a living and have done so for 36 years. I would like to be an assistant of his over a summer. Not sure if u ever read these Lou but it’s good to c all that u give away!
    Thanks for sharing.

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