Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Edging the Bottom Planking (Episode 16)


The bottom planking on the TotalBoat Work Skiff is arguably the most important part of the boat as it’s submerged most of the time and will be charged with taking the brunt of any seas or swell that it will encounter.  Follow along in our latest episode as Louis explains how to cut the planks for length and accuracy. Using his electric joiner, Lou takes 1/16th of an inch off each side in a single pass to perfect the edges of each bottom plank.

Lou wants to be certain that the bottom planks are perfectly level and ready to receive the bottom planking. He showed us last week how he checked their symmetry and made sure they lined up right. In this episode, as you might have come to expect, Lou shows off another clever trick using a pencil to check high spots on the transom boards. By applying lots of pencil lead to the bottom of a flat board, he rubs the board along the transom knowing it will leave it’s lead mark along any of the high spots. He can then go back and hit those high spots with his plane to make certain the transom is flat along the aft bottom edge.

Catch all 16 episodes on our TotalBoat Work Skiff PLAYLIST on the TotalBoat YouTube channel and then share this post with your friends on social media. It’s worth letting your friends know that you know a great video series when you see one. Plenty of tips to share, whether or not you are building a boat of your own. This would be a great time to get a boat building project going for the winter!  Let us know if you decide to build and share your story and photos with us!

Thanks and enjoy Episode 16.

9 thoughts on “Building the TotalBoat Work Skiff: Edging the Bottom Planking (Episode 16)

  1. This Man is very sharp. I love to watch the Video’s he is in. Would love to be able to work on a boat building project with him(if I was younger)

    • Your never to old to follow your dream. I’m 74 and in the middle of building a 19′ Carolina Dory. Wake up every day and put in 2 hrs. If your older then only 1 hr., but get up and move

  2. I am really enjoying this whole series and learning a lot from Lou. While I know a fraction of what Lou knows about boat building and wood working, I do know that those planks are vertical grain Douglas fir. As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, college trained forester, woodworker and wooden boat enthusiast I can assure that there is no “Orygone” pine but those planks that is quarter sawn Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii).

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