Bolting the Stern Timbers - Wood Boat Rebuild (TALLY HO EP45)

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    Rebuilding a historic sailing yacht - Bedding and Bolting the Stern Assembly. Support; Become a Patron;
    EPISODE 45.
    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)

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    1. Sander

      I'm thinking long bits like those should be engineered with a specific weak point, pretty close to the drill. So when it snaps, you still have something to pull it back.

    2. Justin Strik

      All that is good about mankind in one Video

    3. Luuk de Boer

      Why not use some tar inside the holes and under the washers. It keeps water out and works as a lubricant to drive those rods in. Awesome job!

    4. Patricia Davis

      P.s. love watching the build. I think you are doing a fabulous job, precision work.

    5. Patricia Davis

      When are you going to get a haircut ???

    6. Michael Haas

      “Get your big ginger face out of the way”. Hoping that was just a big joke.

    7. Slashley gibbins

      I thought that was Paul senior from American Chopper at first.

    8. Marko

      Leo says” it could have been luck” that the hole came out perfect. Luck favors the prepared mind. Leo always seems to be very prepared so he has lots of “luck”.

    9. Phil Rant

      Fabulous as always and the music is wonderful.

    10. Manny C Weiss

      I bet ginger looks at these vidz months later/years later and feels like a goober...LOL.

    11. i9001s

      最高作業 魂

    12. Deftones Dsm

      I hope she makes the 2027 fastnet and gets her plaque stating her win in 1927. Ive watched every video multiple times i cant get enough

    13. Grunions

      Just in case anyone sees this and knows the answer, why didn't he use red lead paint when bedding the stern assembly? The only thing I know about boats is what I've learned watching this series so I'm sure there's a reason, but it seems to be on all the other joints. Edit: I guess the purple heart is rot resistant enough without it maybe?

    14. Gsm Phone

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    15. Cast Away

      Could have bent the bolt first and it would slid in butter.

    16. Roy Smith


    17. Mario Denig

      DAS NERVT!!!

    18. Mario Denig


    19. philip shlain


    20. Planarity Theory

      more big ginger face pls

    21. Sesadre

      Am I the only who hears the melody of Roundabout in the song in the very beginning?

    22. bartofilms

      I continue to be amazed at the knowledge, skills and hard work going into Tally Ho.

    23. Ingmar Lee

      Hello Leo, was fascinated by your long drilling jig, -was faced with lengthy precision drilling on a remote construction project at the Koeye River near here on the BC Central Coast, where we built a number of cabins out of 4 x 8" beams milled at the local Bella Bella sawmill. We had to drill each 4 x 8" wall beam at each end to drop down 10 ft threaded ready-rod which we'd cemented into the foundation slabs, -each cabin was comprised of 108 beams in 8 wall sections slid into dadoed 12 x 12" posts. The drilling required going though only 8 inches of beam, but hand-held was just not accurate enough and improperly centred holes made the beams bind as we slid them down the ready rod. We did try building wooden jigs, but they wore out quickly and we had to keep replacing them. In the end, we built all the cabins, -you could drive a truck into them- but your jig would've made that job a lot easier! Just loving your videos, -I'm watching them with my 9-year-old boy Zephyr who loves them too, -especiall all the bronze stuff!! Cheers, Ingmar and Zephyr, -on Denny Island near Bella Bella BC. When you get Tally Ho back in the water, come tie up at our dock here in the midst of the "Great Bear Rainforest." ( )

    24. John Elliott

      Brace and bit is what the old timers used no wander, but took forever. Can you really call this a rebuild,looks like you are using the Tallyho as a pattern.

    25. George Mcnaughton

      Thank you for the free content

    26. Chipchase

      Watching the skill, concentration, calculation, extreme patience and bloody hard graft that goes into restoring or building a wooden vessel like this - with the help of modern electric power tools - makes me wonder all the more how the hell they hand built wooden fleets of ships hundreds of years ago without electricity/lighting and powerful electric motors.

    27. The Dolphin

      I'm puzzled as to why the stern assembly was not pre-test-fitted, then removed in pieces, then reassembled with its felts, tar, bolt holes drilled OUTSIDE of the boat, then reinserted and attached to the (pre-drilled) keel as one whole assembly unit? Sure, VERY HEAVY, but holes could have been drilled far more easily from both ends.

    28. Jacob Degeling

      First the biggest scarf joint, then one big mortise, now the longest drill bit on IThomes. Awesome!

    29. Jaap Versteegh

      No goo in the bolt holes?

    30. Zihnigür Dereli


    31. Michael Tuckerman

      Putting a grind on a drill bit is a skill an art and I must say the grind you put on that drill bit was impressive. A grind just a tiny bit off center can have devastating consequences for feet later again very very impressed good job young man

    32. Josh Drexler

      End grain soaks up water like a bundle of drinking straws, to a greater degree than side grain. You used or considered using twist drill cone point, threaded point auger and unpointed auger drills. It doesn't appear you gave much if any any consideration to the woodworker's favorite go-to geometry for deep hole drilling, the brad point. Not clear why brad point wasn't evaluated. Given that the dtock is abrasive purple heart, brazed carbide might also have been considered, especially for the cone point.

    33. Richard Curtis

      Your project has, as you say, a large romantic component. I think this along with your skills has resulted in a construction team that is a joy to watch. I have some experience in assembling a multinational construction team and fully understand the challenge, Your mining for a team has struck gold. My best to all hands

    34. Graham Reeve

      The bits are in town, shift your big ginger face out the way😅

    35. David Punton

      I think the precision of the work would match a John Harrison clock! Well done Leo.

    36. Janez Jonsa

      I salute you, I'm not here to troll... but You made no effort to suck in primer. In fact, you havent even used it. Tar on bare wood? Drilling then forcing brass sticks... where was primer? Its the one that brings anti funghi coating. Its the job of primer... to prime wood. There's none seen. Then you go, and you talk about "water entering the holes", and how you'll fix it with tar cloth?!? Are you that amateur? Firat, prime ALL YOUR WOOD, even before you put on GLUE, you prime it first. Let alone keel tar, that was typical Imperial way to do it. Its no more then 30 year good, someone will have to repair your job in 2040. You glued everything, with no primer coating. Bad boy.

    37. Rodney Johnston

      I don't like this video because I do not like clowns So leave the clown though and I watched to rest of your video that is my thought

    38. Steve Madak

      Hole Hawg!

    39. Gene Goodman

      I've noticed on most videos like this one, we have 127k subscribers, 230k views, but only 10k likes. Come on people the amount of likes affect his YTube check. So I am told, so get your thumbs up and hit the like button. Enjoy the show like the extra care you have on everything you do. Stay safe

    40. Toby Que

      Hey, I also make ships in bottles! That was a nice one.

    41. Stuart McMichael

      Great video of your rebuild your knowledge and carpentry skills far exceed your young age... I just wonder how the carpenters (chippys) managed back in 1907 when Tally Ho was originally built using the only tools available to them. My grandfather was chippy on board various boats in the 30’s and throughout the war. My dad was left his tool box which was full of various saws, chisels, planes, and a multitude of other wood crafting tools. The box weighed a ton and he had to carry it to and from the boat he was working on. Anyway Leo you and your team have produced great footage of your work. The ship in the bottle is a fantastic gift. Thank you for making an old man happy 👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿⛵️

    42. Johnny Holland

      They make big pnuematic drivers for such things as those long rods. I used them for driving one inch diameter ground rods into the ground when I worked with the power company. We called them "thumpers". Sure beats using a hammer.

    43. Jocelyn Girard

      I desperate try to listen what you say but I can't help myself to staring at your hears. lolll You are a wonderful professional.

    44. Andrew plack

      I’ve never built a boat... you are infecting me with your video... and teaching, it’s dangerous

    45. John Grossbohlin

      You might try using a 1/2" hammer drill to insert long bolts through heavy timbers... With a tapered lead and a bit of appropriate lube I'd think that even a 4' length would go in without much effort--with the hole reamed or not.

    46. gizmo atplay

      Only thing he needs now is a comb,lol

    47. Gene Kloszewski

      great job on stern post/ timbers/ deadwood, very talented, old school style build, great series of videos, thank you!

    48. twcstransam

      I am very impressed with the jig, very smart.

    49. scal92253

      Your music selections just work

    50. 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.

    51. Norman Forshew

      but obviously not through the dead wood

    52. Norman Forshew

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

    53. just tim

      A real pleasure to watch a true craftsman work.

    54. 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'! :-)

    55. Martin Reeve

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

    56. 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.

      1. 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.

    57. 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.

      1. 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.

    58. talltimm

      gingers make the difference

    59. Gregory Veizades

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

    60. D Sloop

      do you play that stupid shit music when you sleep?

    61. 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!

    62. chru cas

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

    63. wayne p

      perhaps some musical inspiration for the crew..

    64. 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.

      1. 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.

    65. Charles Reliable

      Please turn off the music!

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      1. 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.

    67. Acorn To Arabella

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

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    68. Merlin Just

      Would a spade bit work better?

    69. VThistory Sailing

      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!

    70. 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.

    71. 69sungam

      why steel bit drill? why not wooddrilling bit?

    72. 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?

      1. 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.

    73. Thermal Reboot

      It's exciting to see fasteners going in.

    74. 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.

    75. Tom Hutchins

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

    76. 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!

    77. ifndontcare69

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

    78. Tom Joseph

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

    79. 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.

    80. Kevin Stewart

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

    81. Jake

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

    82. Chad M

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

    83. Stan7670

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

    84. Pedro

      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!

    85. Caradoc51

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

    86. 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.

    87. 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?

    88. 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!

    89. 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.

    90. stimpsonjcat67

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

    91. 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.

    92. Jay Sims

      Ship in a bottle... way cool.

    93. Walter Palmer

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

    94. 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.

      1. Tony Grimes

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

      2. S J

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

    95. John Maliskey

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

    96. Michael Panella

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

    97. jderrida69

      Always brilliant mate !!!

    98. John Moses Browning

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

      1. Tony Grimes

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

    99. 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

    100. 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!