|Our two tool boxes, vice and grinding wheel.|
We carry a full array of hand tools necessary to build the boat from scratch.
Timber tools to leverage our options with materials gleaned from beach and woods. An array of fasteners, wire, line, rod, plywood, 1x and 2x stock, aluminum plate and flat-bar... enough to fix or fudge most anything. Goops, glues, paints and puckies. Enough sailcloth for a whole new suit. Heavy movers to lift, shift and haul the boat. Tarps to work under.
Everything necessary for stop-gap measures or measured, permanent repair.
-- From BOATYard vs. B.O.A.TYard
Hand Tools for the BOATYard
I wrote the above a number of years ago, about the distinction between a BOATYard - that 'yard' we carry with us - versus the B.O.A.TYard - The BringOnAnotherThousandYard we pay money to haul out into, somewhere in the Medean bosom of civilization.
Now it's winter and we're cleaning our tools... they look so pretty I thought I'd share.
Here's what we think of as a 'full array' of hand tools.
First, we have a general division:
- Small 'Twiddly Box' - This lives easy-to-grab under a companionway step. It contains all we need to handle about 90% of everything. 'Twiddly' cuz it's all the twiddly li'l bits.
- Large 'Big Box' - This lives out of the way, but as accessible as possible. It contains all we need to repair our vessel.
- Vice and grinding wheel - These live clamped at one end of the (galley) workbench until needed.
- Others (not shown) - These include a hacksaw, clamps, crow-, prise- and rockbar, sledge, jacks, hoists and pullers, crosscut and rip timber saws. Bowsaws and axe, Rigging, electrical, paint/glue and spare tools. These would (in theory) let us build a vessel from drift logs.
In this post, We'll take a closer look at the first two
|Twiddly Box contents|
- Files - Mill bastard, feather, point, 4-in-1 rasp, rasp bits (rat-tail AWOL).
- Blades - Bad Knife, razor, saber blades for the multisaw (right of tray), utility.
- Drivers - Slotted, bit driver and angling bit driver with bits, offset phillips and slotted (top right of tray), allen wrench set, slotted brace drivers (lower right of tray).
- Grippers - Nippers, pliers, vice grips, adjustable wrench, socket wrench and (universal+) sockets and adapters, 'universal' chuck wrench.
- Miscellaneous - Multi-tool, saw wrest (set), raker guage, Clamptite, step drill set (lower left), knife sharpener, spark plug gapper, mini pipe cutter, zip-ties.
Our main tool box extends the Twiddly Box... we rarely use this one without the other:
- Files - Mill bastard, feather, rat tails, round. 4-in-1 rasp.
- Bits - Auger, spade, large twist, small twist drill set.
- Blades - Good knife, drawknife, chisels and gouge, cornering tool, cold chisel, low angle block and bull-nose/shoulder planes, cross- and ripsaws (Japanese), hack-, coping- and keyhole saws, scraper.
- Beaters - Carpenter's- and ball peen hammers, hatchet and small splitting maul (not shown... live at wood range).
- Drivers / Drills - Large slotted (square shaft), long phillips, angling bit driver and bits, 'improved' Yankee style driver (uses bits), 'eggbeater' drill, brace, right angle drill adapter, large allen wrench set, punches.
- Grippers - Large vice grips, adjustable wrenches, channel locks, tin shears, nibbler, clamps.
- Layout - Quick- and leaf square, bevel guage, 12 and 50ft measure tapes, plumb bob/chalk line, compass, pencils.
- Miscellaneous - stud finder, cutting angle guage (both to right of compass), sharpening stones, propane torch nozzle, glass cutter, small prise bar, red cedar for plugs and wire twist for threading, tongue depressors.
Most of the better tools were acquired second hand. A few were bought at full, expensive price (e.g., the bull-nose/shoulder/rabbet plane). Others are lesser tools that only need work adequately once every many years. Yet others are the rare good tool at a reasonable price (e.g., 'disposable' Japanese saw blades.
Between yard and estate sales, flea markets, local and on-line auctions (like Ebay.com), hardware store back alleys and the occasional grit-your-teeth purchase, I'm guessing these tool kits can be put together for a couple hundred dollars or less.
How's your haggle hangin'?