Bolting the Stern Timbers - Wood Boat Rebuild (TALLY HO EP45)
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Before the rest of the volunteers arrive, we have to get the huge timbers of the Stern Assembly bedded and fastened into the stern of Tally Ho. First we drill the holes for the bolts, using a 6’ long drill bit in a custom-made jig. Then we lift all the pieces with jacks and ropes, and fill the gaps with Tar and Felt. When they are back in place, the bronze bolts are driven through and tightened up, and lo and behold - the Stern Assembly is ready to accept new Frames, just in the nick of time!
The last weeks have been especially hectic, so this video is a little shorter than usual, and hasn’t covered all the amazing work that Arnaud, Finn, Thom, Kirt and Tim have been doing to prepare for our intensive Frame-raising period, which is just beginning! Next video we will meet all the volunteers, old and new, and start mass-production of the stern frames.
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45. Bedding and Bolting the Stern Assembly (Tally Ho EP45)

  • scal92253

    Your music selections just work

  • Richard Bohling Sr
    Richard Bohling Sr

    Drilling those bolt holes that close to tolerance was very hard to accomplish, but you made it happen. Kudos to you and the crew, you all deserve it.

  • Norman Forshew
    Norman Forshew

    but obviously not through the dead wood

  • Norman Forshew
    Norman Forshew

    The mid section drawing shows the bolt to be angled, I guess its only possible when drilling from below

  • just tim
    just tim

    A real pleasure to watch a true craftsman work.

  • tprdfh51

    Haven't read the previous 489 comments - you could make the job of inserting the silicon bronze bolts into the stern timbers easier by coating them with a wood conservator type wax...just sayin'! :-)

  • Martin Reeve
    Martin Reeve

    Hi, Just out of interest, How much is this costing you? Great job by the way, ;)

  • Josh Zakary
    Josh Zakary

    I’m no expert, but I think you’re seriously handicapping yourself by not bringing in someone with more experience in shipbuilding. The only people who volunteer seem like novices at best. Most of them haven’t even been on a boat before. This is not like changing out the transmission on an old jeep. You may be doing something potentially catastrophic, and you’ll never know about it until you get her in the water. Having a salty dog check in on your progress, would really be helpful in my opinion. I’m sure you’re very good at what you do, but everyone needs a second pair of eyes now and then.

    • Frederick Stibbert
      Frederick Stibbert

      In trade terms, Leo is an experienced journeyman, & this project is his "master's thesis". Just by watching his video series, I can name 5 master boat-builder / yard-owner guys that he can (& does) call on for advice. A few of the volunteers are experienced, but all have been capable of learning & contributing.

  • ctujoao

    Hello, I'm a bit confused: aren't those bolts supposed to go through the lead keel? Aren't they supposed to be the rug to tie the room together? Or are they positioned behind the lead keel...? Thanks.

    • Frederick Stibbert
      Frederick Stibbert

      After the stem timbers & floors are bolted to the wood keel, Leo can raise the lead keel & drill up through its existing bolt-holes for the dozen or so additional bolts that fasten it.

  • Conan the Destroyer
    Conan the Destroyer

    Nice drilling those holes. The jig working was critical as you know.

  • talltimm

    gingers make the difference

  • Gregory Veizades
    Gregory Veizades

    I just got caught up after finding this channel..... NOW I HAVE TO WAIT!

  • D Sloop
    D Sloop

    do you play that stupid shit music when you sleep?

  • Tony Butchart
    Tony Butchart

    The BEST videos ever! Great stuff, Leo. As has been said by so many, you are at the peak of your profession and craft. I have been around wood workers all of my working life and I have never seen anyone come close to your attention to detail, your accuracy and your drive to do it right, every time. And I think the best part is your humble attitude. You are an inspiration. Kudos to you. Cheers!

  • blair rowton
    blair rowton

    Come’on Leo!!! The suspense is killing us!! #Frameraising #TallyHo!!

  • chru cas
    chru cas

    Dear Sir Goolden. Here is a "great" one especially for boat builders!? Best regards

  • wayne p
    wayne p

    perhaps some musical inspiration for the crew..

  • Benters

    I think your idea to not use cast bronze for the floors, but to fabricate them is good. It will save you a lot of money in pattern making and smelting. Especially if you can borrow a TIG welder. I think you may have been watching the Acorn to Arabella boys. This weeks posting from them gives a lot of detail re the fabrication of a bronze floor piece. Good Luck.

    • Frederick Stibbert
      Frederick Stibbert

      It's interesting to watch & compare these 2 builds! But Arabella is only 1/2 the displacement of Tally Ho. Structural solutions for A prob'ly won't be adequate for TH.

  • diver dave
    diver dave

    what is your mailing address ???

    • Sampson Boat Co
      Sampson Boat Co

      Hi Dave, at the top of my wishlist is my email address. If you could send me an email, I will let you know my mailing address. Thanks a lot!

  • charles Reliable
    charles Reliable

    Please turn off the music!

    LIVE OAK CHANNEL This Is Our New Pod Cast About Ships And Yachts --Steve Cross akaSuperAX

    • Frederick Stibbert
      Frederick Stibbert

      Great podcast, Steve! I'm looking forward to the next one. Thanks for staying in touch w/ all of us Tally Ho fans.

  • Nobby Barnes
    Nobby Barnes

    You're trying to drill the hole too fast...forcing it too much...take your time.

  • Acorn To Arabella
    Acorn To Arabella

    Haha @7:26 Thanks for the graffiti shoutout (guessing that was Thom by the shoes!)

    • Sampson Boat Co
      Sampson Boat Co


  • Merlin Just
    Merlin Just

    Would a spade bit work better?

  • O K
    O K

    You've inspired me so much, and I think what you're doing is really cool. I've decided to build a Norse pram, which is a small 12 foot 1 masted sailing/rowing boat. Good luck with rebuilding Tally Ho!

  • Bruce

    Using power tools spoils the spirit, romanticism, and authenticity of restoring such a historic wooden boat. They should be using wooden hand powered tools of that period, while cosplaying in medieval garb for historical accuracy and our viewing pleasure.

  • 69sungam

    why steel bit drill? why not wooddrilling bit?

  • Steve Hall
    Steve Hall

    Just to say, I went to the Amazon wish list and bought for you the Stanley Proto J6016C 1/2-Inch Drive. Don't even know what that is or what it does but if you need it I'll offer it. S Hall, Iowa City, Iowa. 70 years old with miserable knees and kinda worn out. I love the videos and greatly respect your dedication, skill, and work ethic. If 8 years ago I could have helped; but then I was too poor and involved with my kids to offer time. Now, I have time and money but no more legs. Money will have to do! What else do you need?

    • Sampson Boat Co
      Sampson Boat Co

      Hi Steve, that's so kind of you - many thanks! I'm sorry about your knees, but I'm really glad you are enjoying the videos. The tool you bought is basically a massive screwdriver bit that will be used for driving in the big screws that hold the frame heels, as well as other screws elsewhere. I try to keep my wishlist updated with the things that we need the most. Thanks again.

  • Thermal Reboot
    Thermal Reboot

    It's exciting to see fasteners going in.

  • Rob

    I guess it must be tough to get your top reference line in the exact place as the bottom reference line of the keel and to be able to check the accuracy of that, I suppose you could set up a laser line I'm just thinking that maybe you are not as far off as you think, in my work I hate being off even by a little bit or if I am I want to know why and what I can do to improve things It's ok of course if you don't need to hit the mark but drilling for the drive shaft for example is when I would want to be spot on, I get your dilemma though and it got me thinking about industrial drilling and examples of when we humans drill deep and we need to be very accurate and the type of equipment used for that type of thing and I'm imagining back in the day how the heck did they drill these things?? I guess steam power or tools designed for multiple persons to operate, all interesting stuff and thanks for the video's I really appreciate your effort and the attention to detail thanks Leo.

  • Tom Hutchins
    Tom Hutchins

    Ship in a bottle. He is rebuilding tally ho from the inside out ? May be some symbolism there . Wonder if its intentional?

  • Lorenzo Catalano
    Lorenzo Catalano

    Hi Leo, is there a reason you don't use auger bits? I used them to bore my holes through my keel and they worked perfectly well and they are self driving. Ciao!

  • ifndontcare69

    Why don't you use a mechanics impact wrench to drive those big ass bolts?

  • Tom Joseph
    Tom Joseph

    Could have made an adapter for your jack hammer or an air chisel and drove the bolts through a lot easier.

    • diver dave
      diver dave

      or use a hammer drill ! it works GREAT

  • Tom Joseph
    Tom Joseph

    I built a new mahogany bow sprit for a customer and had to drill through the 14 inches of mahogany and then the deck and out the bow, a total of 4 feet on the longest one. I had never done it before and using a long auger bit with extensions I came out right on freehand. i acted like I do it all the time, hitched up my pants and walked off. Pure Luck.

  • Kevin Stewart
    Kevin Stewart

    17:11 Question I had has been answered!:D

  • Jake

    But..Will she beat Commanche in the Fastnet Race?

  • Chad M
    Chad M

    Try gun drill bits, you can drill several feet and be extremely accurate

  • Stan7670

    Where you have access to both ends of a hole, have you thought of drilling from each end?

  • Peter Lyons
    Peter Lyons

    Our man Leo is looking a bit gaunt in the absence of his lovely chef gone across the pond. Naught he forget to get some rest and some vittles in'em before the next big push. Tally Ho crew!

  • Caradoc51

    Restoring is so much harder than building from scrap.....

  • DaveBuilds

    There is a trick for pushing a drill where you put a board across the back end and slip one end of the board through a rope loop. This way you can use mechanical advantage by pressing on the board instead of the drill itself.

  • s hegarty
    s hegarty

    Where did you find "motomaster" brand grease in the states? Maybe you forgot to declare it at the border on your past trip north?

  • philippe chevereau
    philippe chevereau

    So much French ladies landing on the soundtrack today! You proved to be a man of good musical taste so far but it is expanding!

  • jlee565

    Your drill jig supports the bit at two points. I wonder if you ran a continuous tube from top to bottom if it wouldn't lessen wander by keeping the long drill bit from flexing in the middle.

  • stimpsonjcat67

    No washers? Wait, there's the washers! I saw masks, was that because purpleheart can be a sensitizer?

  • t sam
    t sam

    03:19 Looks like your twist drill has an included lip angle of 118 deg. 118 deg. is the default included lip angle for twist drills for cutting metals. FYI- The recommended angle for wood is 90 deg. The will help the drill track a true path. BTW 06:30 good sharpening job, except for the wrong angle. 90 deg. for wood. The harder the material being drilled, the more obtuse the angle.

  • Jay Sims
    Jay Sims

    Ship in a bottle... way cool.

  • Walter Palmer
    Walter Palmer

    Boat building is an advanced math course combined with being a fabricator/carpenter. Amazing work.

  • loloaqici82qb4ipp

    Just to show how much I enjoy these episodes I've started to run them at 0,75 speed. The voices don't sound ridiculous and a 20 minute video lasts 6-7 minutes longer. Texans could even slow them to 0.5... Well done Leo getting those holes bored to such a close tolerance.

    • Tony Grimes
      Tony Grimes

      loloaqici82qb4ipp - I just watch again & again!!!!!!!!!!!

    • S Jay
      S Jay

      I’ve been thinking of doing that as there really is so much going on 👍

  • John Maliskey
    John Maliskey

    Do you ever have to re-tighten the long bolts ??????

  • Michael Panella
    Michael Panella

    How do you know where to drill the shaft hole without an engine setup in place?

  • jderrida69

    Always brilliant mate !!!

  • John Moses Browning
    John Moses Browning

    How can I get my hair to look like yours? Great video by the way!

    • Tony Grimes
      Tony Grimes

      Either with a lot of effort or none!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rodney maennling
    rodney maennling

    I've been following all the Tally Ho episodes with keen interest. At times, I have forwarded excerpts to my woodworking, modelling, and techy friends as Leo and the Team share their knowledge and skills. Lots to learn. I am in my mid-eighties, and after spending most of my adult life sailing the Strait of Georgia alongside Vancouver Island, I now model railway rolling stock, and nowadays it is modern sailing vessels. In each episode Leo provides new exciting new techniques and methods for me to consider, and is an expert videographer. Leo is certainly a professional. He creates wild new hair styles at every opportunity! To all the supporters and workers: keep up the good work and enjoy yourselves!! Rodney Maennling Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC

  • Jake Jaekels
    Jake Jaekels

    After working and being trained in wooden boat repairs and rebuilds many years ago, I have always had interest and love for wooden boats. So I am very much enjoying your videos and rebuild of Tally Ho. Great job!

  • james goodwin
    james goodwin

    This episode was a bit of a bore........get it ....hahahahaha

  • Hunter2323

    very nice details.. and metallurgy too..

  • dangli9

    Have you ever had a chance to see the film "Captains Courageously" with Lionel Barrymore, Freddy Bartholomew, and Mickey Rooney. It has the best footage of Gloucester Massachusetts fishing schooners racing!!! They have all sail set, close hauled and rail under. One loses it top mast. One is the the namesake of your boat, Tally ho. Fair breezes. Dan

  • Uni life with Rob
    Uni life with Rob

    Cannot wait for next weeks log!!!!!

    • Tony Grimes
      Tony Grimes

      2 weeks between videos!!! I could watch one a day!!!!!

  • Robert Simmons
    Robert Simmons

    Love watching this build. A word of caution, when using a long drill bit, try to avoid using bodyweight to push the drill. Once while drilling landscape timbers with a 3 foot bit, it broke at the drill chuck. My momentum forced me downwards and the broken bit went through the crotch of my trousers. Thankfully that's all it penetrated!

  • 65BAJA

    Just spent the last day and a half binge watching all the videos. You've done an amazing job!

  • Stephen DeMocko
    Stephen DeMocko

    I liked the additional humor in this one. 👍🏻

  • Court

    So just wondering here, what is actually left of the original boat when you are done? Wouldn't it have been easier to just rebuild and take off any good parts for the new tally ho?

    • Tony Grimes
      Tony Grimes

      Court - See Ship of Theseus

  • Brian Shriver
    Brian Shriver

    Thanks for all of the inspiration Leo and crowd. I can adventure from my arm chair!

  • Derrick Newcomb
    Derrick Newcomb

    Why dont you put ads on your videos and make some moll money of the UA-my stuff?

  • Bryon Ensminger
    Bryon Ensminger

    Watch out for that Milwaukee hole hog drill I seen guys get there arm broken when the bit binds up on them have fun with it

  • William J McCartan
    William J McCartan

    Stretchy, a perfect word for describing malleable metal, awesome job on the ship so far.

    • Sampson Boat Co
      Sampson Boat Co

      ah yeah, that's the word!

  • Charles Duke
    Charles Duke

    Lube is your friend!

  • Paul Chaplin
    Paul Chaplin

    Hi Leo , not sure if you are following another wooden boat resto channel , 70 yr old Fishing boat , , UA-my channel has only been running a couple months , might be some light relief from Tally Ho ..... Enjoy

  • Henry Morgan
    Henry Morgan

    It's coming together!

  • Day Radebaugh
    Day Radebaugh

    How do you keep those nuts from twisting loose? Is that the function of the thread you wound around it?

  • Gary Souza
    Gary Souza

    Curious why no washers on the insides of the bolts...

    • Tony Grimes
      Tony Grimes

      Gary Souza - Leo answer to an earlier comment Sampson Boat Co they all had washers fitted, I just use a sacrificial nut to hammer the rod in so as not to damage the thread. Then the nut comes off and the washer goes on :)

  • falfas55bgas

    Are you using a hardened shaft just under the size of your bit to reduce flexing? I'm wondering why you didn't use a shops auger bit? You can get them 18 inches long, sometimes longer. Welding that on a tube, would have probably been more stiff, and the scoring cutters would have kept the bit cutting straighter than they type of bit you used. Just my thoughts.

  • Jeff Batt
    Jeff Batt

    very enjoyable great skill, effort and patience. Looking forward to next video. Thanks.

  • MrUncleSpicy

    The ship in a bottle is awesome

  • Nate Forrester
    Nate Forrester

    That background music really does NOT belong in these videos. Distracting.

    • Nate Forrester
      Nate Forrester

      @Mike Just goes to show you that music is subjective and that makes a person's (actually everyone's) opinion valid.

    • Mike

      @Nate Forrester I actually like the music and wanted to ask "what album/artist was that?" I would like to hear more.

    • Nate Forrester
      Nate Forrester

      And IRRITATING to the nth degree.

  • Skvala Gaming
    Skvala Gaming

    You are 4 months late for your haircut

  • db30

    Thank you, Leo.

  • Kilroi

    At first, I was like, "why no washers?" Then I realized I am dumb.

  • George Ray
    George Ray

    : )

  • Scott K
    Scott K

    Wonder how they did them holes back in the day? 🤷‍♂️

  • Thomas Russell
    Thomas Russell

    Leo, it is starting to look more and more like a new build. What do you think the final percentage of the original boat will be at this point?

  • Bradley Weingartner
    Bradley Weingartner

    Drilling those deep holes looks like one hell of a workout!

  • Nick Pelletier
    Nick Pelletier

    Where did you get the Motomaster bearing grease? Did someone make a supply run up to Canada? Cheers from Canada.

  • Archibald Tuttle
    Archibald Tuttle

    The ship in the bottle is a really great gift! I’m sure the pleasure of emptying the bottle was with the builder.

  • Hans H
    Hans H

    Thanks again Leo, for showing your amazing work. And also thanks to everyone who helps and support you 👍🤙

  • erick stiner
    erick stiner

    Stellar video...well done mate

  • ludvig hoelstad
    ludvig hoelstad

    probably hard to say, but how many total man-hours do you think this entire project will take? ish?

  • muja28

    What am i going to watch when this boat is finished ?

    • Tony Grimes
      Tony Grimes

      @Sampson Boat Co Leo already looking forward to that!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sampson Boat Co
      Sampson Boat Co

      hopefully, the voyage! :)

  • David S.
    David S.

    Leo, it looks like you’re doing a marvellous job, one that we’d call in North Yorkshire, “a ree’ belt an’ braces job there ya lil Tyke”. Bloody good job all round and it’s been marvellous watching so many friends & other volunteers helping out so much. I’ll see what I can do with Patreon or via some other way to help, because it appears you’re in need of a sheep shearer (or failing that, a barber that likes a massive challenge! LOL)

  • Tony Alexander
    Tony Alexander

    As a Shipfitter (metal) I'm in awe of you Wood Ants.... Great work you're doing !

  • Sarrienne Cousland
    Sarrienne Cousland

    Prankster - Got to be Finn... he's such a cheeky chappie!!

    • FlatFifties

      I would have guessed Thom.

  • Brian Hinton
    Brian Hinton

    YES Shift it, but it did get videoed after all ( keep up the good work Guy's and loved the ship or is it boat in a bottle !!!

  • Mark Davis
    Mark Davis

    Love Unistrut! Mecano for grown ups!

  • *Alex* V-i-P
    *Alex* V-i-P

    Just great loving this! 👍😉👌

  • Alfred Richter
    Alfred Richter

    I really like your drilling jig. You came out spot on.

  • *Alex* V-i-P
    *Alex* V-i-P

    You'll find that purple heart has a much tighter grain pattern and drill won't wonder as much as oaks wider grain

  • Adam Collins
    Adam Collins

    Leo, I resisted the urge to comment (somewhat) on you having a smaller bit that wanders and needs to be cleared often (ahem) but what a sense of achievement this stern assembly must have bought you. Congrats on a great channel.

  • Theodore Bowers
    Theodore Bowers

    It appears you are making progress you came a long way in a short time I don't know where it looks like purple heart you got such large pieces I can just imagine what it cost I know purple wood is extremely expensive anyway it's a great wood you guys are doing such a great job I'm very proud that watch your Channel young people doing what you are doing today and the level of expertise really impressive on 70 I'm a Craftsman woodworker and so forth I definitely enjoy the craftsmanship level of your videos learn from you and I'm 70 keep up the good work I will always continue to watch you no matter what you have some great talent there young man thank you very much for sharing it God bless Fairwinds