P o w e r T o o l s
Sandy River Boatworks offers a selection of what we consider essential hand & power tools that we use in our own shop. These have all been used in the course of construction of our boats & so have our unofficial stamp of approval. We gladly offer these up at minimal cost as a courtesy to our client builders. All our tools are guaranteed to perform properly for one year, no hassle, no question.
Wooden Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats & Sailboats
Plans & Instruction . Tools & Accessories
18v Battery Powered Drill/Driver:
~ $39.99 ~
One of the most useful tools in any shop is the battery powered drill/driver. This one has plenty of juice & run time even under constant use. Comes with charger & storage case.
~ $33.99 ~
My shop has several of these on hand. I don't use them as much as the battery powered version, but the ones you plug into the wall will never run out of juice, & sometimes that’s a critical factor. This ones a dandy.
Driver & Drill Bit Set (59 pieces):
~ $6.99 ~
This is an essential item for any shop, & like most things, there are good ones & bad ones. This is a good one. And inexpensive.
Good R/O Sander (5” Asian):
~ $47.99 ~
For sanding your hull between coats of epoxy you need to have a random orbital sander. Connect up the dust extractor to your shop vacuum to keep airborne dust to a minimum. This one is a very good Asian machine & uses standard 5” hook & loop sanding discs (see Supplies).
Best R/O Sander (5” German):
~ $109.99 ~
Same as above but a more robust machine. These will perform nicely for a very long time.
O p t i o n a l P o w e r T o o l s
To outfit your shop for serious woodworking & boatbuilding you will need some serious power equipment. Call us for help sourcing these.
For general cleanup; look for a machine that can be attached to a sander to extract dust during use. A tool-activated motor on the vacuum is a plus.
Table Saw + Fine Tooth Blade:
There are more manufacturers of table saws than any other machine it would seem. Look for one with a substantial base & that uses a 10” blade. A dust extraction port is a must. Like lots of other things, you do get what you pay for.
Band Saw + Wood Cutting Blade:
For cutting along curved lines & for resawing rough stock, there isn't much to compare with a good band saw. 14” throat is a minimum. Again, a dust extraction port is a must.
Saber Saw (also called jigsaw or scroll saw) + Wood Cutting Blades:
Cutting shaped panels out of plywood is a tough job unless you use a saber saw. A good one will pay dividends.
Drill Press + drill bit index:
A drill press can be used for so much more than drilling holes. Tapping, reaming, flycutting large circles, polishing, the list goes on. A full index case of fractional size drills is a good companion.
Corded ½ HP Drill Motor:
For the heavy jobs, a big drill motor you can plug into a wall socket is required. There are a lot of drill motor types out there, but the standard two-speed reversible with a keyed chuck is pretty hard to beat.
Belt Sander + Sanding Belts:
You’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. These are brutes & take off material like crazy. Just be careful not to take off too much.
Router + Carbide Cutters:
A hand held router with carbide bits is the right tool for edging, plunge cutting shapes, & much more. This is a high speed tool that can get out of hand in a hurry so extreme care is needed.
A heat gun finds more uses around the shop than one would think. Drying, shrinking, bending, the list goes on. This should be a serious heating tool, not a hair dryer.