Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Attaching the Frames (Episode 11)


Lou heard the cries for a longer video and you’re about to get it! The TotalBoat work skiff is really coming together and Episode 11 finds Lou very busy working on the many frames that are so important to the hull shape and structure. With another vintage tool from his shop, Lou uses his tried and true drill press to make holes in the frames that he then cuts out to make the frames fit around the chines.  He shows us how he divides down the length of the boat to find where the frames will be installed and then levels and attaches the frames to the chines and side plank.

Frames are typically where a wooden boat building project starts and the planks are attached on top of them. But Lou is anything but typical and by episode 11, you should know that Lou’s method is proven – but maybe not exactly by the books. Which – we think – is why you are all enjoying this series so much. Clever solutions and work-arounds mixed with boatloads of experience, give Louis Sauzedde an appeal we have yet to see matched in the boatbuilding industry – which is overflowing with “characters.”
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18 thoughts on “Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Attaching the Frames (Episode 11)

  1. This is an amazing series; thank you to Lou and Total Boat. Two questions for Lou:

    1. The cutting, jointing, sanding and planing are all performed without dust control; why?
    2. Lou does not use basic safety measures. Examples are: no push sticks or feather boards used with the table saw and no eye protection is evident while using the drill press. Why?

    • Good question.
      He’s “old school” and very aware of what he is doing. That kind of safety that was passed along from the master to the apprentice. Notice how well he thinks things through and jigs up each job without rushing.
      Not that eye and lung protection don’t have their place, but it’s relaxing to watch him work. Some guys make your knees go weak as you see them around a power tool no matter what safety gear they have on.
      Nice to see his calm approach in comparison.
      Now wear your safety gear AND pay attention to what you are doing.
      Accidents do happen.

      • Great content, but “old school” or not I don’t like seeing someone using the table saw like that. Feather boards and a push stick is much safer. If he is teaching us then safety needs to be a high priority.

      • I have a friend who had his thumb severed off, by an exploding shaper blade, no protection could have stopped that from happening, luckily his eyes were working afterwards, thanks to his safety glasses.
        Machinery can fail no matter how careful you are, especially composite rotating tools.
        I note that Lou is very cognisant of the condition and treatment of his own, and probably not shared tools, this familiarity probably keeps him a little safer.

        • Lou is very careful. We certainly wish he was more careful and adhered to basic safety considerations. YOu never know when disaster will strike. But it’s the “Old Dog/ New Tricks” problem. Lou is confident and careful. Please be careful and use protection.

          • Lou is not your mother! If you desire a higher level of protection while using power tools, go for it and safety first. If Lou’s safety practices bother you, go somewhere else to wot h similar videos.

  2. I look forward to all of Lou’s videos, even though I don’t have a boat and don’t plan on building one. I like learning about the craft and I get a LOT of useful woodworking tips, far more than I get from even the best how-to TV shows. I especially appreciate the production quality – no mindless and distracting music, no tiresome and poorly-timed captions (which some videographers use instead of narrative), and Lou’s excellent, fast-paced narrative. The composition of the shots is perfect – kudos to the camera operators. And for a final compliment: This is content I’d pay for!

  3. I’ve picked up a lot of valuable “tricks” and useful information from this series. Lou’s explanations are excellent. What a great gift to the boating community! Thank you

  4. Another great video! I am really enjoying this series. Lou removes the mystery for us beginners by shining light on so many approaches and techniques. Thank you to Lou for sharing his knowledge.
    A question for Lou is if he has any specific blades he prefers to use on his saws ( circ and band)? His cuts always seem so clean. Also is there any reason he doesn’t use a splitter in the table saw?

  5. I purchased and am restoring an original 1958 !5′ Lyman runabout which is in exceptionally good condition. This boat was stored on a trailer in the owners garage for 22 years, has no rot or modifications. However, the finish is gone and the wood has dried out considerably, so much so that the screws holding the planks are just spinning when I try taking them down a smidge. I’m not too keen on soaking the boat as I can’t be certain that the planks will hold when she swells.The screws are phillips head (not slotted) which is giving me problems when I try to remove them and I don’t want to bugger the planks. Lymans are clinker built using clinch nails along the planks (horizontally) and one #10 screw at the top portion of the plank which is fastening the plank to each rib. My initial thoughts are as follows: (1) Pull the screws (if possible) and place a wooden dowel in the opening securing with carpenters (yellow) glue or epoxy, re-drill and re- fasten with new bronze wood screws. (2) Saturate the interior with lindseed oil as much as possible to stabilize the wood and possibly help it take up.(Not my favorite method). This leads me to another question. What are your thoughts about using lindseed oil to stabilize the dry wood, not just in the bilge but the entire interior as I am going to leave it natural as this is how Lyman finished their interiors. In addition, can I varnish over lindseed oil after it has dried (perhaps for four to six weeks).

  6. I noticed along with the lack of pusher sticks, eye protection & respiratory protection is the lack of hearing protection. Does Lou suffer from tinnitus? I’ve used planers, joiners, table saws for many years and regret not using hearing protection. I have ringing in my ears 7 X 24 and believe it’s from the use of power tools

    • We know! Please follow his boat building but not his safety practices. Wish he wore standard protective pieces, but we can’t make him. So please be smart on your own boat building projects.

  7. Reminds me of beautiful work done by an older brother who hand built two gorgeous boats ,one C class conventional Hydro, and his own design of a utility runabout that he built for me, I watched them being built recall the types of wood used; Sitka spruce,White Oak, Mahogany and mahogany plywood

  8. I have been copied in this series up to video 9 and then things stopped. How do I get the additional copies of this series as they are no only interesting to me but a good reason for me to build this boat. Are their any plans for this boat? Looking forward to your reply. Best regards, Pete Surette

    • NO plans are available yet. Hopefully at the end of the series. Guess you will need to keep watching. Why stop now? It’s only half done! What “things stopped” for you? Thanks for your comments.

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