Monday, April 22, 2013

Canoe - Part 7 

It appears the heavy sanding and cleaning worked as the next coats of resin went on without a hitch. So once again out with the sander to smooth everything up and remove the gloss to prepare the surface for paint.

Next job was to install the gunwales. First, I rabbeted them so they would cover the edge of the top plank and fit snug against the ribs. Bending the ends up and in to the decks was a bit of a challenge, calling for some creative clamping and an occasional strong word. All came out well so the shaping was done with spokeshave, plane and of course plenty of sanding by hand. A sealer coat of varnish was applied  which really brought out the beautiful reddish colour of the mahogany, a nice contrast with the cedar.

Next comes the finishing, varnished interior and trim with a red exterior. Depending on weather, should be able to accomplish this in a week or so. See below for photos.


Blogger Bill Campbell said...

Hey looking good....I really wanted a picture of you rubbing a rabbit along the gunnels...tell me do you use a live or dead rabbit...


2:19 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

It's moved on while I've been away - launch date can't be far can it?

3:06 AM  
Blogger Geoff and Pat Craigen said...

Looking really good. Isn't it amazing how inanimate objects react to a "strong word"?

9:32 AM  

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