Building a 3D Sailboat

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Building a 3D Sailboat

Our designer, Jon Deck, was so impressed with George's sailboat that he set out to make one himself. Jon used redwood for the hull and poplar for the sails.

Our designer, Jon Deck, was so impressed with George’s sailboat that he set out to make one himself. Jon used redwood for the hull and poplar for the sails.

Use shaping techniques and dowels to create this impressive wooden boat

This 3D sailboat makes a spectacular centerpiece for your mantel. It is a perfect gift for the special sailor in your life. I have crafted two sailboats and four clipper ships as gifts for family members. While you don’t normally think of wood when you envision billowing sails, careful shaping can create a dramatic effect.

This is not a beginner project and will require an investment of your time. I use several tools the average scroll sawyer may not have, such as a woodcarving disc in an angle grinder and a band saw. In nearly every case, you can use a different tool to achieve the same result, but it may take a bit longer.

See Summer 2009 Issue #35 for full step-by-step instructions for completing this project.

***Correction: In Step 1, use three ¾” x 4″ x 22″ pieces of wood not three 1 ¼” x 4″ x 22″ pieces of wood.

 

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