Below is a list of useful tools to have at hand when starting a project
Block Planes, preferably small and medium sizes
For shaping stem pieces, gunwales
and other finish work.
You'll need a spokeshave for shaping stems..
Used for many tasks throughout the project.
Sanding Blocks, rigid and flexible
These are used for fairing the boat off.
For producing radiuses on gunwhales etc.
Useful for removing cured glue.
Wedges and Brackets
Used to hold strips in place during construction if you have chosen not to use staples.
You will be using this a lot if you choose to staple the strips to the mould.
You will need about five of these. They are extremely helpful when you need and extra hand to hold down a piece of wood or hold up the cloth while you fibreglass the inside of the hull.
If you choose to strip your hull using staples, this is the tool you will need to pull those staples out.
Dowel Drills and Plug Cutters
These will mostly be used for attaching the stems and, if you choose, for putting screws into the gunwales. They are inexpensive and will make the job of getting screw heads flush much easier.
You are likely to need a good 3/4 inch (20mm) chisel. However, we highly recommend a good set of basic sizes. If you don't already have a good set, this is your opportunity to get one. A good set of well maintained chisels will last a lifetime
You can't have too many of these. You will need them to put the gunwale in place
This is one part of a poor man's steam box. You will need this for steaming the inner and outer stem pieces as well as the deck supports if you are building a decked canoe. The other part is a 5 foot (152cm) length of 3 inch (75mm) diameter PVC pipe, capped at one end.
This is good for shaping scarf joints. It will make quick and accurate work of it.
Random Orbital Sander
If you don't already have one, buy one with a vacuum attachment. it will be worth the extra cost.
A good quality mask with particulate filters will be needed when cutting and sanding. For your health's sake make sure you use one.
These saws are invaluable for their flexibility. Used extensively for cutting off the ends of strips flush to the stems, notching out support members for the decked canoes, sizing up the gunwales and lots of other jobs.
You will mostly use this for cutting the decks and the forms. But if you have a deep-throated band saw, by all means use it.
This is a useful piece of equipment when attached to your orbital sander. It provides a healthier environment and far more pleasant working conditions.