Use shaping techniques and dowels to create this impressive wooden boat
This 3-D 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.