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Free Plywood Pram Plans

The following pages detail the building of a plywood pram. They come from a 1956 Plywood building projects book.

I have scanned and clarified the pages with the magic of Photoshop. I have also re typed or enlarged most of the dimensions. The original had fairly fuzzy images and scanning did not improve clarity. Because of the large size of the images needed to be legible I have split the plan in several pages. [PAGE 1 is the current page] [PAGE 2] [PAGE 3]

I have not built this pram so I cannot comment on it. Nor can I guarantee that the dimensions or plans are accurate. Make a carboard model first.

This seems to be a usable and attractive pram and would make a sturdy tender. If you build this boat you should think of how it is going to be used and place seats and rowing positions apropriately.

This plan dates from the 1950's. Materials and in particular glues have evolved and improved. You could use thickened epoxy, Polyurethane adhesive, Some of the new waterproof white wood glue or a more traditional resorcinol. Whatever you decide to use, make sure you know how it should be set up and clamped. Polyurethane and resorcinol are poor gap fillers and like to be tightly clamped. Epoxy fills gaps well and likes a loose clamping.

My personal choice would be to build it as a stitch and glue boat. Here is: Devlin's Boatbuilding: How to Build Any Boat the Stitch-and-Glue Way, here is my page on Stitch and Glue.

The text is in the original order but is separated by plan pages. This is how the article was laid out and I did not modify it. When you first read it you might have to jump around a bit.

image of pram floating on water and being used with an outboard motor

The bill of materials is repeated below so it is clearer

enlarged bill of materials for pram

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email me if you find mistakes, I'll fix them and we'll all benefit: Christine

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I don't claim to be an expert, I'm a fan though. If you want to build a boat do your homework first, learn to use the tools, make a model, work safely. These plans are offered as is. I have not tested them nor do I endorse them.