10 Tools A Beginner Boat Builder Needs

You’ve seen the finished products. You’ve watched the process happen. Now you want to know how to do it. There is a special kind of person that has the privilege to call himself/herself a boat builder. Taking an unfinished pile of lumber and turning it into a floating piece of useful artwork is not only a skill, but also a passion. You are now sitting there telling your screen that you have the desire, but you just don’t have the how to. Well, the first thing we would tell you is that you should probably take some classes and/or join a school, get into an apprenticeship, get out there and get your hands dirty.

Okay, now you’ve made the commitment. You are going to go to school and/or go through an apprenticeship program. Good for you! What do you need to do in order to start preparing for this journey? What items/tools do you need? Below is a list of 10 tools that our experts here at Van Dam Custom Boats suggest you will want to start off with:

  1. Japanese hand saws. There are some that believe this is the most important of the basic tool list for a boat builder.
  2. Chisel set. This will include 1/8”, 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/4”, 1” and 2” for the minimum.
  3. Small collection of bench planes. Our professionals suggest at least the 3, 5 and 7 to start with.
  4. Low and standard angle block planes.
  5. Rebate planes.
  6. Basic shoulder plane.
  7. A good compass plane.
  8. A high quality 12” Combination square.
  9. A hammer.
  10. Files (steel hand tools with small sharp teeth on some or all surfaces used for smoothing wood).

Our employees here would recommend the tools at Lie Nielsen. They are trustworthy, reliable tools. For more information on Lie Nielson tools check out https://www.lie-nielsen.com.

Of course anyone will tell you that the most important tool to take into this new venture would be a good attitude, good aptitude and a desire to learn these skills.

(Note: These are only 10 of the many tools needed)


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