Monthly Archives: January 2015

Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Tacks Grand Finale

I promise-this is the last you will hear about tacks.  But this is where things get awfully tedious and I am getting very tired of the whole tack thing.  My fingers are too big to easily pick them up and … Continue reading

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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-My Favorite Tools-2

This tool is really quite simple.  It is also very ingenious.  I often wonder how it came about.  Who invented it?  It is also very cheap.  I got mine for about $5.  They are of Sandvik steel but I don’t think … Continue reading

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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Still more on tacks-Willard J. Hanmer

With all this talk about sticking and driving tacks, I couldn’t help but recall the video that runs in the Museum’s boat building near the boat shop.  It follows Willard Hanmer as he builds a guideboat.  Now Williard is very highly esteemed in the … Continue reading

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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-More on tacks

As you know already, the original guideboat builders sealed the joinery between planks by driving and clinching a double row of tacks along the plank seams. One row was driven from the outside toward the inside and the second from the … Continue reading

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Building an Adirondack Guideboat-My Favorite Tools-1

In the course of building my guideboat I find that certain tools become favorites.  I seem to be always reaching for one or the other of them.  Truly, I find it would be very difficult to build this boat without … Continue reading

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