Plywood Rowboat (one sheet)

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Project by GenieBean posted 09-03-2010 02:41 AM 5621 views 15 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A one-sheet plywood rowboat I built for my kids. It was a small boat out of necessity – as a single mom all I could afford was a single sheet of plywood, but I wanted my kids to have fun on the water like I did as a child. Six years later she still floats, and can carry a surprising amount of fun!

First woodworking project, using some ideas I found online. As my father put it, a real “sink or swim” approach to trying out woodworking.

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#1 posted 09-03-2010 02:46 AM

oh wow,,more details thick is the ply? what holds it together?

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 09-03-2010 02:51 AM

I would also like more info, looks good and fun.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#3 posted 09-03-2010 02:53 AM

Me too. Grand kids would love that.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 09-03-2010 02:59 AM

Great job, I would have never thought that could be made from one sheet of ply!


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#5 posted 09-03-2010 03:45 AM

This site has some great photos of the process (although I would only recommend it for kids or very small adults – those last two photos look like they’re about to swamp!):

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#6 posted 09-03-2010 03:54 AM

Nice job Genie!

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#7 posted 09-03-2010 03:56 AM

Very cool project! You have definitely become the coolest mom on the block. An old friend wanted to build one similar to this but it was a zip tie boat (i think thats what it was called), made of one sheet of 1/4 ply and fiberglass coated. Nice!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#8 posted 09-03-2010 04:01 AM

I am very impressed that you made a great boat and a great mom for your kids. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 09-03-2010 04:15 AM

:-) yaah a real float or swim approach…...LOL
is it made stitch and glue (no fun here about needlels)
and impressive if it was your first project

welcome to Lumber Jock enjoy and have fun while you learn and share
but be aware, its addictive believe me I know…LOL
you canĀ“t find a better place to hang out they are all great peopple here

take care

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#10 posted 09-03-2010 04:19 AM

Very impressive!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 09-03-2010 04:20 AM

It was a lot of brass screws, glue, and clamps.

I’m just browsing everyone’s projects, and I can see how this is going to be a problem… very addicting site full of inspiring work!

Thanks so much for the warm welcome.


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#12 posted 09-03-2010 04:27 AM

Yay, you, SuperMom!!!

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#13 posted 09-03-2010 04:38 AM

well done , mom .

a great treat for the kids .

welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 09-03-2010 05:04 AM

Great job, cannot wait to see what other jobs you have done as an encore.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#15 posted 09-03-2010 05:19 AM

Welcome to LJ’s,
What a cool project and great outcome. Keep up the good work,

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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