Latest Toccoa Drift Boat

We would like to introduce our latest drift boat, the Toccoa. Finished in Northern White Oak, painted with Interlux Perfection Jade Mist Green on the Hull, Off-White interior with Grey Heavy Duty Raptor Urethane floor coating. It is outfitted with Sawyer Smoker 9′ Oars, Dierks Anchoring system with Foot Release and 24 lb. Tornado Anchor. Look for us on the Hiwassee River this coming Sunday and Monday.

Interior Overview of Toccoa Drift Boat

SCARF….SCARF, SCARF, SCARF..SCARF

Scarfing, oh the joys of joining two long pieces of wood into an even longer piece of wood. There are many methods to scarfing plywood; The traditional, hand plane method, the Belt Sander method, the circular-saw-on-a-jig method, and the Router Jig method. We’ve tried them all. With the wood layers as a guide, all work, though some more labor intensive than others. We’ve just recently acquired a new Shaper Origin, which is a Hand Held CNC router and when it comes to our next scarf, we’ll try that method. The goal of a good scarf is a nice, even slope that will match the other piece of wood you intend to join. The more gradual the slope, the more contact area for a theoretically stronger joint. It’s recommended to have your scarf taper at at least an 8 to 1 ratio of wood thickness and sometimes even a 12 to 1. We use the 8 to 1 ratio and haven’t had any issues.

The faint line is a guide for what we want the scarf to end as.

This is an example of an 8 to 1 ratio laid out on two ½” sheets of Hydrotek Meranti plywood we’ll be using for the bottom panel of the boat we’re working on now.

As mentioned previously, the Hand Plane method yields good result. Just use the plywood layers as a guide and keep everything nice and even. Once you’re just about to your mark, switch to a sander to help even things up.

Hand Planing Plywood for a Scarf Joint

All done. the layers are nice and even, and a little sanding with the block sander evened it out nice.

The Edges are set together with thickened epoxy
Clamped and weighted for the night
A nice, tight, joint, ready for sanding and any light fairing that may be needed.

With the Hand Router Scarfing Sled from Woodhaven we’re now able to scarf all the sheets for one boat. Set up with an 8 to 1 ration and a 2 ½” Planer Bit the scarfing jig makes nice scarfs. There is still some cleanup work to be done with a sander, but it sure is a time saver.

Here we are set up for two ⅜” sheets for the side panels and two ½” sheets for the bottom panel of one boat.

So, there you have it. While we can achieve outstanding results using the Hand Plane or the Scarfing jig, we are anxiously awaiting our next scarf and using the Shaper Origin for a precise CNC Lap joint and smooth finish.

Keep checking back for more of our journey building our Drift Boat company.

There is no limit to your IMAGINATION!

We at Reliance Wood Craft, LLC are excited to announce a new tool to our workshop. The Shaper Origin. The Shaper Origin is a Hand Held CNC Router that will not only help increase production, but help ensure consistent quality. It will also allow us to do more intricate and once demanding inlays and other cool design elements that will give our boats even more of a wow factor. So your imagination is our only limitation. We are looking forward to see what challenges you, the customer, has in store for us.

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