Tips from a Shipwright: Laminating Wood

Louis Sauzedde, the master shipwright and YouTube star, has shown us many ways to make boat work easier with the Tips from a Shipwright video series. In this follow up video to an earlier Part 1 video, he goes deeper into the steps for laminating wood with epoxy, in this case on the frames of his own 8-Meter sailboat in the midst of a total restoration.

Let us know what you think of Lou and his ‘Tips from A Shipwright’ videos. He certainly presents lots of experience and some sage advice in each and every one and we like to think that even though you might not also be restoring an 8 meter or laminating planks on your wooden boat, that these videos have great appeal to those of us who are enchanted with all boats. Are we right? Or are you in the midst of this very project awaiting this video to tell you how to make it through these steps? Probably not, but just like you might not be overhauling the family station wagon, you might be one of the lovers of TV shows like Monster Garage or Pimp My Ride for the entertainment value. And we think there is none better than LOU for our own wooden boat building version of these how-to shows.

So have a look and enjoy the project at hand, especially if you don’t have to worry about every detail on laminating your own boat’s frames.

Timelapse of Making a New Stem for a 12 1/2

Oh, Lou. The master shipwright was back at it for this video of him making a new stem for the classic 12 1/2 Remora.  In this time-lapse, Lou uses the holes he drilled in the old stem as a pattern to create and laminate a brand new stem, and as usual – he makes it look so darned easy – and FAST!

More love for the time lapse here – as it’s a great way to show the progression of a project that is so important to the hull and therefore important to do right! Gluing the strips and clamping them on the jig he made with his old holes and the clamps is a great way to nail the shape and fit of a new piece. Nothing better than patterning off the old piece – so keep this in mind as you remove old or rotten wood – and try to preserve any pieces or clues that might be helpful in making your new piece.

Need some help with your laminating? – here is a video from Tips from a Shipwright cutting and gluing white oak into strips. These videos will get you going in no time:

Good luck!