I’m pretty new to LJ and not much of a woodworker. Not that I don’t love it, I do but I’m still learning so I need help from you guys.
I’m heading up a Boy Scout high adventure trip for my son’s troop this summer. I’ve got 24 Scouts going canoing in Quetico for 7 days and as part of the adventure, they’re building their own bent shaft paddles.
We pretty much have the building process down and are well on the way of making them, but the finish is what’s worrying me. We decided to use fiberglass mesh and epoxy for the strength and water barrier.
Problem is, I have no idea how to apply it, or what the general requirements are. I was told it should be rolled on and to apply 2 or 3 coats. My questions are:
1. Can I apply it while the paddles are hanging?
2. We will probarbly apply it outdoors, so what do I need to know?
3. Should it be sanded in between coats?
4. If it needs to be sanded, should it be dry, wet, what grit, etc?
5. We were thinking about using WestSystems, is there anything else that may be better?
In short, I have a lot of questions, among them is what is it that I don’t know that I need to know. Last thing I need is a bunch of Scouts in the middle of a very large and secluded lake with failed paddles.
If that happens, I’ll be up a creek without a paddle, so any help, trick, tip or idea you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.