Polymer Composite Nails and Staples

>>> Polymer Composite Nails and Staples

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Our friends at Glen-L are now carrying these interesting looking composite fasteners. Leave them embedded as you cold mold and save the hassle of removing and filling holes.

These fastenings are excellent for attaching layers of planking during cold molding because they don’t need to be removed.

In the past, when using staples to fasten the layers in cold molding, they needed to be removed once the glue set if they were a corrosive metal. Imagine having to remove thousands of staples! Well, not any more!

Raptor® composite fastenings don’t need to be removed. The heads can be sanded right off without damaging your tools and will even take a stain.

Composite fastenings won’t replace bronze screws in boat building, but they will be of tremendous value for applying a final layer of mahogany for a planked look, for strip built boats and cold molded construction. Besides being a huge time-saver: They

  • can be sanded, sawn or cut
  • Won’t rust or corrode
  • No need to putty, can be stained, painted or left bare
  • No electrolysis or galvanic corrosion
  • They bond like glue-the entire shaft fuses permanently with wood

Bolt Depot Printable Fastener Tools

>>> Bolt Depot Printable Fastener Tools

We had a link to BoltDepot.com before which showcased some of their charts and reference materials. They have continued to expand their offerings.

These free printouts could be very handy if you’re trying to identify that unknown bolt or screw.

These ‘lay-over’ charts let you quickly identify fastener types and dimensions by simply matching up your fastener with the printout. The printable fastener tools series also includes general charts and tools for identifying and measuring fasteners, including a ruler and thread gauge.

Featherbow

>>> Featherbow

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I’ve seen devices to accomplish the same task made out of various scrap lumber and the like, but this "designed for the purpose" tool seems a pretty decent setup. Definitely better than loosing a finger to a table saw.

NOTE: As I understand it, you do NOT use the "feather" side of the tool against the wood. Watch the available videos for more info.

There is also a Featherbow Junior version available.

Nantucket Bagg – tool bag

>>> Nantucket Bagg – tool bag

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I’ve used a mainstream commercial "upright" bag as my main toolbag for several years and love it. Things don’t tend to get lost down inside, and I can carry my (rather heavy) core toolkit most anywhere I need.

Nantucket Bagg has a very nice looking, convertible canvas bag filling this same type of niche. Check out their various options. DIY Boat Owner posted a review and seemed to like it also.

Harbor Freight Buying Guide

>>> Harbor Freight Buying Guide

If you are building or working on a boat, you need tools. Sometimes you need top-end, good stuff. You always want it, but sometimes it isn’t practical to afford it.

Harbor Freight is an often used source of inexpensive tools and gear. Sometimes you get decent stuff, sometimes usable, and sometimes trash. This article is a nice compendium of tools/supplies that people have had good luck with (and a few warnings of things to stay away from).

Build your own shop tools

>>> Build your own shop tools

Fine Woodworking magazine has published various plans over the years for building some of your own shop tools. If you are interested in boatbuilding, you probably are interested in tools. If you are building a boat, you wish you had more tools than you do. Some of these are right down the alley for me.

A bandsaw, crosscut saw, thickness sander, etc. are all available as downloadable PDF’s for the cost of a subscription (or sign up for the free 15 day trial I guess).

Panel carrier

This looks to be just the thing for wrestling those panel/sheet goods around the building site. If you are building a boat, you probably are already sick of trying to move the plywood (I know I am). I’ve seen panel carriers that go "under" the sheet, but one that grips from the top seems like a good idea.