Sometimes you need the right tool.  Sometimes you don’t have the right tool. Maybe you know somebody who does. Luckily, I know Stephen – who helped me plane my craigslist wood – who has a drill press. I need very straight holes drilled, and a drill press is the answer.

So, a quick trip to the Alps of Ballard and, voila, I have perfectly drilled holes in my transom knee, and stem. I will use carriage bolts to attach these important, and load bearing, pieces.

Stephen is a master luthier, and a fine woodworker of the highest caliber. I am proud to have his carefully drilled holes holding my little Squirt together.

Stephen uses the drill press to drill perfect holes for my carriage bolts.