Building ORCA – Episode 10: Installing the Stern Post

It’s time for us to install the stern post for ORCA! This is an important piece as it will have the propeller shaft going through it and it connects the keel to the horn timber above it, which runs all the way back to the transom of the boat.

In this episode we’re going to show you a little trick to help us mortise our timber into the keel with a chainsaw. Using two wooden guides and some socket wrenches bolted onto the chainsaw to control the depth, we can chew out the material in a fraction of the time it would take us with a hammer and chisel.

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24 Replies to “Building ORCA – Episode 10: Installing the Stern Post”

  1. Good seeing some progress. It takes as long as it takes. Better to get it right.

  2. How awesome! Great job, Lou! I hope Norm watches you, too ???? I also wish a handrail craftsman would make a channel like yours.

  3. Thanks for the knowledge. I don’t plan on building a boat but some of the techniques you use are of immeasurable value to certain woodworkers. As you point out, you can make excellent joinery with a little imagination and everyday common tools.
    By the way, I noticed the nib on the panel saw you were using. Good tools last a life time and more.

  4. .y late Grandfather was a master carpenter. I'm a novice starting my second boat soon. Just really appreciate Lou doing these videos.

  5. Louis and Leo are the 2 best channels on YouTube. Nothing on TV compares to their content.

  6. Building that jig for the chainsaw bar was amazing. I love stuff like that. Can't wait to see the next video.

  7. Watching and listening to you is such a rewarding experience, Lou. Your craftsmanship and your ability to bring across your skills and wisdom make these videos works of global value. I could sit and watch an hour-long video of yours, something not many others can get me to do!

  8. I LOVE my Ryobi battery chainsaw. But I have a lot of batteries for it and the rest of my Ryobi tools.

  9. Orca is going to be one fine looking boat when you have finished building her. You method for cutting that mortise is just plan stunning. Simply yet scary as hell for a "normal" person to make. You made it look like a piece of cake.

  10. This is gunna be one hell of a boat.. That timber looks good enough to eat.. Thnx Lou..

  11. My Pop would have used his big "Slick" on the inside of that tenon cut – the steel was about 3 inches wide and 12 inches long attached to a 2 foot handle. It would lay on the face of that tenon and roll a curl like cutting Shirley Temple's hair. Flat and true, exactly what you're looking for when fitting big timbers. It was the last tool he held in his hand when he collapsed in his shop, like Arthur dropping Excalibur. He passed a few hours later, but the Slick is still doing its job in my brother's shop.

  12. Best series in youtube I love this build amazing man and attitude. What engine is going in do we know what the original orca had in it ?

  13. Lou greetings from Puerto Rico, a Master Jedi, thanks for sharing all that knowledge, God Bless You.

  14. FINE CHAINSAW ART Mr.Saw ! We have several bear cubs and full sized bears carved on a talll pole or several poles with chainsaw here in hometown Sooke in Canada!

  15. After seeing that saw I think you need to retire and spend more time with the rest of your fingers.

  16. Help your amateur viewers: why does the keel stick out past the stern post?

  17. Drilling chainsaw bars is not difficult. The best metod is to sandwich the bar between two pieces of ½” mild steel and drill it all once with lots of oil and a good sharp HSS drill. The real trick is to keep the air away from the procedure so that it does not cool either the drill or bar as the drill exits the hole. I have done this many times with and without a pilot hole. If you drill a pilot hole then do not drill all the way through the mild steel on the bottom and fill the pilot hole with cutting oil. Solid bars drill a little easier than laminated bars for some reason – don’t ask me why! I have drilled many Canon and Stihl bars for my mills.

 I love the set up you have designed and fabricated for mortice work. I am going to try this! As a Nova Scotian I am going to say it is a great project.

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