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Wooden Boat Building: Welcome

This guide provides information on characteristics of wood, wood-working tools, joinery, and wood materials and engineering. Special topics such as birdsmouth masts are also addressed.


This weeks reading assignment review this series of videos. It shows a sequence stems similar to your next few weeks of work

Shipbuilding Picture Dictionary

Characteristics of Wood

Wood for Boats

Barbara Bolko, M.Ed, MLIS

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James Cumiskey
Learning Resource Center
286 River Road
Arundel, ME 04046

A wooden boat's beauty lies in its reflection of nature

Article from the May 1, 2010, Seattle Times by Lawrence W. Cheek.


OSHA - News Releases

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Tips on Safety - Woodworking Tools

OSHA Factsheet

Note from Van Dam Custom Boats

Landing School - Shop Procedures

PTI - Safety Videos

First Aid


How to Start Woodworking (Woodworking for Beginners)

tool safety


Old Tools


All About Wood

Nature of Wood

Wood Species and Characteristics - Articles

Boats and Wood

Wood Density Chart

Wood Shrinkage



Measurement and Rulers

Carpentry and Measurement



Nautical Measurement





Joinery Techniques

Interior Joinery of the Catboat Silent Maid

1923 Sepia Photo of the original Silent Maid catboat


5-Minute Dove Tail



       lap joint

      miter joint

      rabbet joint

   mortise & tenon

Understanding Hull Stresses - Part I and Part II

Epoxy/Paint - Materials and Engineering

Marine Paint


Talk the talk ...


Epoxy Chemistry


ASTM Standards

Articles - Sealants

Mallet Project

Mallet Sequence

This series of PowerPoint slides provide a photographic overview of the Mallet Project.

Mallet Project - Wood

Mallet Project - Handouts

Doughnut Fender

Pattern making for custom hardware

Featured Videos

Japanese Joinery

Architecture Technology 1 w/ Manuel Baez
Handcrafted Japanese Joinery
Matteo Maneiro.

Tips from a Shipwright - Timber and the Saw Mill

"Shipwright Louis Sauzedde takes us for a trip to the local sawmill Thompsen Lumber to show how he selects and cuts timbers for wooden boat building." YouTube

E-Book Classics

Boatbuilding Classics - Digitized E-Books

Google Book Search

Google scans the full text of many books (out of copyright protection) and stores them in its digital database.  You can search this database using keywords and click on a result to view pages from the book.  You will also find publisher's and bookseller information as well.  There are limitations, but the Google Book Search may be just the tool you need to find a book related to your research topic. (April 2016) Google continues to win copyright lawsuits that affect the amount and type of published text they can offer in digitized format to the public.  This amount will increase ... stay tuned.

Google Book Search

Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction: Wood and West System Materials

Finding Articles

Wooden Boat Stories

Conversation with Bud McIntosh

Phonenicia Expedition #1

Phonenicia Expedition #2

The Phonecian Project - The Ship

Marine Industry News

Marine and Shipbuilding News

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Germanisher Lloyd Marine News

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ISO Standards News

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World Maritime News

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