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Tools You Will Need To Assemble A Boat Kit

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Tools You Will Need

Tools are a "hidden" cost of building one of our kits, so it is important to know what sort of tools you need to do the project. Tools last a long time, and are useful in repairing or modifying the boat down the road, which helps a little when trying to justify the extra purchases. It is also equally important to know what tools you don't need! In general, you won't have any use for a table saw, radial arm saw, band saw, drill press, jointer or any similar "floor" mounted tools. We do all that kind of cutting. The most major tools you'll need are:

Since all of our boats are screwed together, you will need one electric drill to countersink the screws, and one variable speed, reversible drill to drive the screws into the countersunk hole. We use a high quality cordless on both counts, but they may be more money than one wants to put into this part of the project. As a compromise, perhaps only one cordless would do. That makes for fewer tangled electrical cords. Two Electric Drills.

We recommend six to twelve, four inch "C" clamps for virtually any of the boats. The closer to twelve the merrier. The clamps should be strong, with as large a "foot" as possible. The "foot" should be machined flat, so that when you clamp to the wood it will minimize dents. "C" Clamps.

A router is not required for building one of our kits, but we include it in the tool list because it adds so much to the "state of finish" of the boat that it is worth having. Use a router to add rounded edges to many of the parts. Take out an IOU for the next Fathers Day or Christmas! A trip to the second hand shop may yield a good buy on a used router. An expensive one is not required. The only bit you will need is a 5/16" round over one, preferably carbide with a ball bearing guide. Router.

We use a 4"x 24" belt sander, which is about the largest one can get, because it is a little easier to bridge over some of the areas that require sanding. For a given budget, we recommend erring towards a smaller, higher quality sander rather than a large, cheap one. You will need one or two belts (in case one breaks) of heavy grit (as close to #36 grit as possible) and two #80 grit for finish sanding. Belt Sander.

The sabre saw (also called the reciprocating saw) is the safest way to rough out the bottom plywood panel, but if you are familiar and comfortable with using a circular saw, you can lower the blade so it cuts just a little more than the thickness of the plywood and cut the shape out with it. This requires the ability to control the saw when cutting along a long curve. Use a sabre saw if you aren't certain of your skill with a circular saw. Saber Saw or Circular Saw.

These are a few simple tools you need when assembling your boat. Our goal is two fold: the first is that when you finish your boat and use it, you feel as though you really built it yourself. That means we need to leave a considerable amount of the work to you. Our second goal is that we need to complete the kit at the shop to the point that the average person can put it together. One of the ways to assure that is to make it build able with a minimal collection of tools.

  • Miscellaneous Tools:
  • Hand saw
  • Paint scraper
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer
  • Metal file
  • Phillips driver heads for electric drill
  • Countersinks for screws
  • Square
  • Caulking gun
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush
  • Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
  • 1/4" drill bit
  • 1" drill bit
  • Sand paper #80 & #220
  • Hand plane
  • Straight edge
  • Framing square

Four Inch "C" Clamps

A good clamp for boat building should be strong , with a smoothly twisting shaft. The "foot", the part which comes into contact with the wood, should be fairly large and machined flat. The four inch is the minimum size for building a driftboat. You could get by with five or six (on a larger driftboat), but things go more efficiently with ten or twelve. Most folks can borrow the clamps they need. If you can't, or simply need new ones, these are the kind we use.

Clamps each..............$10
Six clamps...................

To order call (541)746-5287 or e-mail at: mckenzie@gregboats.com

Screw Countersinks

Here is another "we use this too" recommendation. There are a lot of countersinks out there on the market. Most of them are the adjustable variety, which break frequently because of the severe angles that need to be countersunk into. These, made by Black & Decker, look cheap, but we have used them for several years with minimal breakage. They come in a bubble pack of five, but you only use two of them (they're still worth it!), the 1" and 1 1/4".
You will need a countersink for the 3/4" screws in the kit. The one to the right in the photo with the fixed collar is made by Stanley. It works the best for the 3/4" screw situations you find in building your boat.

Package of five Countersinks.......$9
Stanley 3/4" countersink............

Phillips Driver Bits

All the screws provided in our kits are Phillips heads. These Phillips head driver bits will fit into the chuck of your variable speed drill. We suggest having at least three to start your building project.


Three driver bits......................$3

Extra Long 1/4" Drill Bit

While not necessary, this extra long drill bit makes drilling through the gunnels (handrails) a little easier. Its length allows you to get better aim.

Long 1/4" drill bit....................$8

To order call (541)746-5287 or e-mail at: mckenzie@gregboats.com

One Inch Paint Scraper

To a normal person, even the thought of a paint scraper, no less seeing one, tends to bring on an attack of anxiety. To boat builders, at least at our shop, we find a paint scraper a tool that we would never want to be without. A very sharp one inch paint scraper can remove saw marks much faster than any sandpaper. It can also help in the removal of set up caulking and does well scraping level varnish or paint drips and runs. We recommend a "Hyde" brand one inch scraper and an extra blade. A fine metal file will keep it nice and sharp.

Extra blade.......................
One inch paint scraper................

To order call (541)746-5287 or e-mail at: mckenzie@gregboats.com

To order call (541)746-5287 or fax at (541) 7442190
or e-mail at mckenzie@gregboats.com