Laminated boat tiller

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Project by fernandoindia posted 08-27-2010 07:36 PM 8251 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tiller made for my son´s J-24 boat. The previous one was about to reach its end life.
Cut 1/4 inch stripes of cedar and guatambú, and glued them with polyurethane. Clamped in a jig with the required curves. Then cut with the band saw to final shape. Finished with UV resistant poly.

Out of leftovers came a shoehorn I am about to finish for Xmas.

Hey Flemming, I´m sure this is also a pending assignment in yours bros´ boat

-- Back home. Fernando

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 08:42 PM

He will treasure it and say to all his friends “My Dad made this for me”.

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#2 posted 08-27-2010 08:55 PM

Very Cool.
Your son should be proud he has a dad that cares enough to take the time, and has the skill to make something for him that’s not something everyone can do.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#3 posted 08-27-2010 08:57 PM

J-24? Nice boat… well deserving of this beautiful tiller. I’d love to have the helm in my hands. Well done.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 08-27-2010 09:12 PM

I am now the owner of this piece of art! I am proud indeed of my Dad and everyday I see this tiller, am impressed of his work. ! Graande Pa!!! Nando

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 10:10 PM

Now that is not something you see everyday here on LJs… thanks for posting such a grand piece…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 08-27-2010 10:22 PM

hahah, how did you know i was going to spy on this project fernando? ;)

funny you should mention this, because as far as i remember the rudder on my brothers boat is in good condition, but the tiller is missing, hahah!!

it’s a great piece :) it’s a fantastic addition to your sons boat!

i hope you dont mind me asking you questions when tiller-making is in order :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#7 posted 08-27-2010 11:27 PM

Great job, wood with curves really gives life to it!

Thanks for sharing,

-- Fred, Georgia

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#8 posted 08-28-2010 02:42 AM

Great project. I’m sure your son will show off your work to everyone at the marina. So, I’m not the only sailor here. I have two sailboats a Holder 20 (looks like a 3/4 scale J-24) and a Beneteau First 285.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#9 posted 08-28-2010 04:00 PM

Awesome! I need to make one for my Precision 21 and Laser.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#10 posted 08-28-2010 05:11 PM

Thank you all for visiting. Helps me a lot indeed.

Fleming, you´re welcome. I read a couple of tutorials for this rather simpler job. They both glue up with epoxi resin.

-- Back home. Fernando

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