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Tools I Use in Stitch and Glue Boat Construction

Stitch and glue construction does not require a lot of specialized tool, most of what you need can be found at a Home Depot type store. This list of tools does the bulk of the work for me. Keep in mind I build boats up to 45' long and for the skiffs and dinghies I get by with fewer tools than listed below.

Low Angle Block Plane I have four of these, all Stanley. The important feature is the low angle. I couldn't build a boat without one. Stitch and Glue Tools
Chisels This is a set of Marples chisels. I have 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", 1" and 2" chisels and find it more than adequate. I also use a 3" slick but it is a luxury I don't really need. All my chisels are Marples because they are inexpensive and still have good steel. I also use metal hammers not mallets and the handles take all the beating I can dish out. Stitch and Glue Tools
Cordless Drill Without a doubt, the Ryobi cordless tools are the best bang for the buck, costing half as much as some of the other name brands. I use the 18 volt cordless drill and circular saw. I do not use the flashlight much, but it is great for running the batteries down to nothing prior to re-charging. Stitch and Glue Tools
Grinder Also referred to as sander/polisher. I use a Fein 7" angle Grinder. It is an excellent tool but probably a little expensive for the home builder. Dewalt, Makita and Porter Cable all make a more affordable version. Except for my cordless drill, I use the grinder more than any other tool. It does most of the shaping and fairing both glass and wood. There are two pads I use. The "hard pad" which is shown on the grinder and the "soft pad" which is on the far right. The hard pad is actually an 8" piece of plywood screwed to a commercial firm pad. This pad with an 8" 36 grit self adhesive disc is used about 95% of the time. When I am shaping an inside radius I will use the commercial foam pad. The foam pad will contour to the surface and not always grind flat The hard pad will not contour at all and grinds as flat as is possible. Stitch and Glue Tools
Circular Saw A saw with power is needed so I use a Worm-drive Skilsaw. Throw away the cheap steel blades, carbide only. Cheap carbide works, cheap steel doesn't. {short description of image}
Blasterboard A homemade tool made out of a piece of wood 1 1/2" thick x 2 3/4" wide x 16 5/8" long and a piece of self adhesive 36 grit sandpaper. The sandpaper can be found at automotive paint supply stores. I also use a flexible blasterboard which is made out of 1/8" or 1/4" plywood for shaping around gradual curves. Stitch and Glue Tool
Drill This Milwaukee Drill has a 1/2" chuck and is used for cutting with hole saws. Stitch and Glue Tool
Router Any 1 1/2 to 2 hp router will work. It is mainly used for shaping corners and the "plunge" feature isn't needed.. Stitch and Glue Tool
Jig Saw There are many jig saws out there, but very few good ones. If you are going to pay for one get the Bosch, it is a very good tool. Stitch and Glue Tool
Sanders 5" and 6" dual action sanders without the dust collectors are the best hand sanders to use. The dust collectors always seem to get in the way, just wear a dust mask. Both the Porter Cable and Dewalt work well. The Dewalt seem to be the more aggressive and the Porter Cable seem to be easier to control. Stitch and Glue ToolStitch and Glue Tool
Power Planer I have used the 3 1/4" and the 6" Makita power planers and then got the 4 3/8" model and found it to be a good compromise in power ease of use. I still use the 6" at times, but the 4 3/8" gets most of the work. Stitch and Glue Tool
Respirators I use two respirators, the 3M 6000 series Full Face and the 3M 7500 Half Face They both use the same cartridges, the particulate filter for dust and the organic vapor cartridge for the bad stuff. When spraying the particulate filter gets the mist and with an adapter it fits onto the vapor cartridge to get the gases. The 7500 series masks are the newer designs and use a new "rubber" that is extremely comfortable, flexible and does not break down from use. Stitch and Glue Tool

Of course I also use an assortment of drill bits, squares, levels etc., but I also use several stationary tools. The table saw and thickness planer are use quite a bit with the band saw, stationary sander (belt and disc), and jointer getting less use.

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