Senior Year Final Project: Boat

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Blog series by Steve Magdinec updated 06-12-2015 07:17 PM 6 parts 7590 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started on the English Punt Boat

04-21-2015 03:07 PM by Steve Magdinec | 0 comments »

As the year begins to wind down, it’s time to start building my last woodworking project. It’s been quite a journey, with many different species of wood I have come in contact with the past few years. But now, I will begin working with 3/4inch PT plywood to construct the SS TroutSlayer 5000 Signature Series Edition boat. I have acquired my plywood from the New Kensington Bushy Beaver. As you can see from Elijah Andersons point of view, I have already cut my side pieces to an 8...

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Part 2: Week 2 Progress

04-27-2015 05:59 PM by Steve Magdinec | 0 comments »

Last week, I purchased a tube of liquid nails, along with white lightning storm blaster. The liquid nails was used in between the screwed pieces, and the white lightning will be used to seal all cracks after the complete assembly. I am hoping to get the sides screwed together and sealed this week.

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Part 3: Getting the row boat sealed

05-12-2015 01:33 AM by Steve Magdinec | 1 comment »

The row boat has finally reached a major landmark in its life, being completely sealed. It’s just time to add a few details such as a small seat, and some minor touch ups, mainly sanding. The SS Swordfish Slayer 5000 will be ready to set sail in a week or two!

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Part 4: Getting the boat waterproofed

05-19-2015 03:28 AM by Steve Magdinec | 0 comments »

This past weekend, I purchased a gallon of Restore 10x from my local hardware store. This stuff is pretty common and easy to find. Although it’s mainly used for resurfacing decks, it will work just fine on getting one last good seal on the boat, and waterproofing it as well. For $25, I think it will make a huge impact on the SS TroutSlayer.

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Part 5: Final Completion

05-27-2015 06:06 PM by Steve Magdinec | 4 comments »

Welp after a lot of hard work, money, blood, sweat, and haters, I am finally done with the SS Swordfish Slayer 5000. As previously stated, I am looking forward to a fun summer out on the Allegheny doin some angling. Eventhough I am confident in my row boat, I will be sure to take all safety precautions necessary in order to prevent myself from drowning. It’s been a long journey building wood, and I think an 8 foot row boat was a great topping on a fantastic woodworking experienc...

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Part 6: Testing the Waters

06-12-2015 07:17 PM by Steve Magdinec | 0 comments »

So I figured this would be a good time to post an update on the SS Swordfish Slayer, since I just got back from a warm summer day on the water. Since bringing the boat home from woodshop class, I resealed all edges, added an extra layer of waterproofing, painted a camo design, and added small wheels in order to keep the bottom from scraping the ground while moving. I am very satisfied with its performance, as I have taken her out twice now on the allegheny river for about 4 hours ...

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