New member from Fort Bragg

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PfcEdler
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New member from Fort Bragg

Post by PfcEdler » Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:28 pm

Hello,

My name is Eric. I've been thinking about building a boat for quit some time and I'm hoping to get started this coming new year. I am in the army so it gets really busy at times but other times there is a lot of free time. I'm hoping to fill that free time with a project. I've never held a wood working tool in my life and have no idea what I'm getting myself into but I think it will be a fun adventure.

I'm hoping to get advice on just about everything. I'm looking at building a 15' sloop but I'm not sure if its too much of a project for an absolute beginner.

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Re: New member from Fort Bragg

Post by benpetre » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:10 pm

The plans are designed for a beginner! Go for it!

http://www.boatdesigns.com/mobile/15-Gl ... ducts/443/
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gdcarpenter
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Re: New member from Fort Bragg

Post by gdcarpenter » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:32 pm

Welcome, I built a ZIP and live in Raleigh so if our are ever 'inland' you are welcome to visit and check out my build.

Knowing nothing is good!

If you had experience and knew how much work is involved you might never start :)

Once you naively start, by time you realize how much labour is involved, you are 'hooked'!
This is my first, last and only boat build.

http://www.gdzipbuild.blogspot.com

PfcEdler
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Re: New member from Fort Bragg

Post by PfcEdler » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:06 pm

Nice to meet you!

I'm in the process of finding a place to start the build as living in barracks doesn't allow for having a workspace.

Gdcarpenter, I would definitely enjoy checking out your zip one of these days.

A first question would be what kind of tools should I buy for this project?

gdcarpenter
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Re: New member from Fort Bragg

Post by gdcarpenter » Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:14 pm

Asking which tools are needed is like asking truck fans whether Chevy, Dodge or Ford rules!

That aside, for starters, I would recommend a "GOOD" jigsaw, a decent circular saw, and, the one tool that most all seem to agree on, a good sander - be it random orbital or belt or both. Some prefer an osscilating spindle sander which is great for what it does, but not very adaptable to multiple uses.

These tools can get you through the first stages of the build. You will then gain confidence and 'feel' for which tools you are most comfortable working with.

My 'go to' tool is, oddly enough, a router. That being said I am a carpenter and have years of experience using a router in many situations. If you are not a dedicated carpenter a router can be considered a 'luxury' tool with a significant learning curve.

Welcome, and Good Luck.

Garfield
This is my first, last and only boat build.

http://www.gdzipbuild.blogspot.com

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