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Project by rustynails posted 09-07-2017 03:45 AM 3381 views 9 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a boat I built about a year ago that I never posted, so I thought it was time to get around to posting it for your viewing and comments. The boat is built in the old boat tradition with steam bent white cedar strips and cherry accents. The boat is built around a mold and copper riveted together. The boat is a scale down model of a full size boat that I made into a coffee table with a glass top. This was my first attempt at boat building. I learned a lot and being a table I cheated on some of the build.

Thanks for viewing.

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#1 posted 09-07-2017 03:58 AM

That is just flat out outstanding!

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#2 posted 09-07-2017 04:33 AM

That’s beautiful and so unique. I love the intricate carving.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#3 posted 09-07-2017 05:05 AM

Whatever floats your boat and this certainly does!
I can see that in a fishing cabin or man cave!
A really unique idea.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 09-07-2017 05:35 AM

Looks pretty good for a first try. Maybe next time you will do the real thing. I think you are ready.
Copper nails and roves aren’t so easy to find anymore, well done. Are they all properly riveted?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 09-07-2017 11:07 AM

This was my first attempt at boat building. I learned a lot and being a table I cheated on some of the build.

when I cheat on woodworking, it NEVER looks that good. -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 09-07-2017 11:54 AM

You can hold you head up high Mr rustynails! This is a fabulous looking boat table! So much detail to enjoy and with the glass top you can admire every aspect of it; excellent work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 09-07-2017 01:31 PM

This is so creative and is a wonderful eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 09-07-2017 02:17 PM

Great job on the boat ! In fact an awesome job on the boat. And I noticed in photo #4 in the upper left hand corner just a little glimpse of your Chevalet ! Somehow I feel connected : )

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 09-07-2017 05:00 PM

Very nice table/boat!

I did see a “mistake eraser” in the upper left of the picture too. Every wood shop should have one of those too.
I have to use the patio “chemora” .

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#10 posted 09-07-2017 06:02 PM


-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#11 posted 09-07-2017 06:14 PM

cool, well done!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#12 posted 09-07-2017 06:51 PM

Awesome project!

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#13 posted 09-07-2017 06:56 PM

Wow that is just fantastic some years back I built a little pram/skiff boat. It was a lot more work than I thought it would be but it turned out pretty nice, so you should be very proud of yours its beautiful.
Some low life stole mine out of the barn, took it down the river and lost it in the ocean. He said he was sorry and would pay me back, guess I should give up been over 25 years now?

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#14 posted 09-07-2017 07:07 PM

Beautiful, you should be proud of it. I’d be tempted to take it out on the lake just once.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#15 posted 09-07-2017 08:44 PM

Thanks for all the kind words on this project. It was a lot of time and work to complete but I am glad I did it as it was a fun build ……… Most of the time?
Since I had never learned how to build a boat before I turned to YouTube and watch the series under Traditional Maritime Skills / Preserving Boatbuilding for Future Generations. It is a multiple series blog that got me through the project and I would recommend it to anyone that is building a traditional ship lap boat.


“I can see that in a fishing cabin or man cave!”

Oldnovice, you are correct it is for my cabin on the lake.

“Are they all properly riveted?”

Shipwright, yes all the roves have been hand peen and riveted down.

“Noticed in photo #4 in the upper left hand corner just a little glimpse of your Chevalet ! Somehow I feel connected : )”

Dclark1943, Yes and one day I will actually get to use it if my busy schedule ever allows. As I have been working on a total redo of a cabin so I have had not much time to work in the shop this year.

“I did see a “mistake eraser” in the upper left of the picture too.”

railbuck, That eraser has been used a few times over the years but luckily not on this project.

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