Replacement Tillers

Making a replacement tiller.


The Corribee tiller is made from one piece of timber, usually iroko. A replacement can be made in the same way, with relatively simple hand tools (plane, spokeshave, chisels, glasspaper etc). A jigsaw, router and random orbital sander would speed the shaping process. If you have access to machinery, a bandsaw in particular, the work is much easier and quicker.

With more work a laminated replacement is possible – you need accurately planed laminates around 6 to 8mm thick, epoxy resin, plenty of cramps and a jig to glue the laminates into the correct shape. Once the assembled stack of laminates are bonded the shaping can be done exactly as for a solid timber version, although some of the shaping is achieved in the process of laminating of course.

The drawing below can be printed and used as a template – click the link to enlarge the image, print out and stick the pages together.

The photo below shows a suitable laminating jig in use – blocks screwed to a stout board and polythene to prevent the work ending up bonded permanently to the jig!

Suitable timbers are (in order of durability) – Teak, iroko, English or european oak, mahogany and ash. Softwood can also be used – European redwood, larch and spruce are reasonably durable because of the resin content.


As with all exterior woodwork, maintenance is needed to preserve the new look. Teak and iroko can be left to weather, but for a long life regular (6 monthly) coats of oil or varnish may be needed. A tiller cover will make a huge difference and is strongly recommended.

Detail of the stock end is shown here, with the two clearance holes for the 6mm dia bolts.

A couple of laminated tillers, the short pattern is mahogany/spruce and the long pattern is English oak/spruce:


Tiller fitting

Working drawing




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