Saturday, January 8, 2011

John Gardner - A Plywood Pram

After losing my Roar2 (still not sure what happened to it) this past fall, I have decided to build a replacement tender. I looked briefly at buying Zodiac style boat but thought that would be a bit of a cop-out.

 So, I started looking for a good tender design. I enjoyed Jim Mchalak's Roar2. It was a fun build and it rowed great but it wasn't the best fit as a tender since it was long and a little tipsy. After much searching I've come full circle back to a book that I already own by John Gardner called "Building Classic Small Craft". I really like the look, and ease of building of "A Plywood Pram" (Page 30).

I really like browsing through John Gardner's designs in his book but they really aren't that easy to understand the steps in actually building the boats. (what can you expect when you get 46 plans in a $20 book.) I have a feeling that there will be a fair amount of figuring-out that will be required throughout this build. Rather than everyone having to go through the same figuring-out during their build, I'm going to document the build in a fair amount of detail in the hopes that it will make somebody else's life easier if they take on the same project.

So, grab a copy of the book, and follow along in my build. Hopefully it will get you through your own as well.

Follow all of the associated posts (as I get them written) by browsing the label "pram".

Step 1: Build the jig


  1. I can learn from these handy-work that you have shown. I am an avid fan of making wood-work from drift wood.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I've created a couple of projects from drift wood. A simple bench here:

      I also did our dining room table out of drift wood and tile. I should really write up a post about it. It has lasted well.

    2. FYI. I have put up the table project.

  2. You can really do a lot out of drift wood. I look forward to seeing your dining table. Maybe you can post it too just like the bench you created.

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  4. I've visited the website you posted on the comment and I like the bench you created. It's simple yet very functional indeed. So, you used a 4" spikes to adhere the surfaces right? unbrako


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