Metakrome: Web Development and Photography

UNUSUAL TOOLS

Spatula
This little gem is a spatula for art paints. It has a thin flexible blade that tapers in thickness. It has perfect touch for spreading and a nice round tip for shaping filets of epoxy. I use it for applying, smoothing, and even removing. I use it to press out air bubbles under glass and squeegeeing in small places. I use it to mix every batch of epoxy. If epoxy hardens on the blade, a sharp chisel zips it right off. If I ever lose it, I will get another.

Bullnose or rabbet plane
I use this handy little bullnose plane for many tasks. All of the rolling bevels for my strip joints were formed with this tool (with the help of wood strip holding jig). The nose is removable so that one can plane right into a corner. Even though I have a high quality low angle block plane, this bullnose plane was used more often. It's narrow width and better field of view offers advantages when working in narrow places.

Sanding boards
Custom sanding boards can make many tasks easier. Shown starting at the bottom are a slightly rounded board, simple flat board, fairing board, inner stem shaper, and sheerline tool. The inner stem shaper is used after each strip is installed to form the rolling inner stem bevel. The sheerline tool is used to smooth the sheerline seam on both the deck and the hull. It has a blank area on the ends so that one can sand only one side of the boat at a time. For my collection of fairing boards I use a sanding belt cut open to make a long strip and then attached with spray adhesive. They last a very long time.

Seat Forming Tool
This handmade seat forming tool is used to contour minicell outfitting like foam seats, thigh braces, and seat backs. It's a rough copy of a Sureform tool but works better for this task. The abrasive is self stick 40 grit and has lasted long enough to form three seats.

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