Some time back, members of the Wanapam tribe, here in North Central Washington, bought a couple of my walking sticks. As well, they expressed interest in a unique one I’m currently working on. Meanwhile, the Wanapams opened are really nice interpretive center, which I had the pleasure of touring. In the course of that tour, I saw many photographs of work being done on hides, dug outs, various activities and so on. The visit to the Center inspired to create some of the things I s...
here is the link to my Video https://youtu.be/31stGdvPuzk This was just a fun project. I used a scrap of Padauk wood and epoxy to embed a bear craw and arrowhead.
Filling the drawers from this project.Turns out you can get a lot in a 13-3/4” wide x 16-3/4” deep x 7” tall drawer. This one has three levels of organization. OCD is completely satisfied. Bottom level dividers 3/8” x 2-1/2” dividers, friction fit, no glue. Holds touch up filler, stain & graining bottles, burn in sticks. Middle level is wax rub on sticks. 3/4” deep sandwiched between bottom and top levels Top level is for the most used s...
I want to seal the end grain on several redwood Adirondack chairs and planter boxes to slow down the rotting process and other moisture damage. Didn’t want to buy expensive sealing epoxy just for this. Tested System Three Epoxy with #2 Hardener on the end grain of four different species. Fresh mixed epoxy is quite runny and it kept soaking into the end grain of all samples for about an hour or so; I applied more epoxy of the same mix a few times over an hour. After about two hours...
Bit by bit and either with a palm sander or by hand, the table has been sanded to a nice smooth finish. 180 grit was the last grit I used and I felt that is sufficient for this project. I am quite happy with the progress and the way it looks. Now for the next step and looking for a bit of advice. I have researched as much as I can about applying a epoxy bar finish. I think it was on a youtube post that someone prefinished their table with tung oil. I am thinking of doing the same thing ...
Overview Floor installation is pretty simple. Considerations include waterproofing, support, and water drainage. Waterproofing I previously fiberglassed the bottom side of the floor with 2.3 ounce fiberglass cloth and two light coats of epoxy. I used 6 ounce cloth for the side you step on with two coats of epoxy also. The top side of the floor will also be painted with flat green paint. Support The span between each rib is about two feet and 1/4” plywood would break wh...
Overview The plan calls for solid wood runners with a layer of metal applied so that the boat tracks better and also is protected for the inevitable dragging that will occur. I used white oak and 1/8” thick by 1” wide aluminum. Making the Runner My runners are 59 1/2” long, 1” wide, and 1 1/4” tall. White oak is incredibly tough and rot resistant. There is a 6” long taper cut at each end so they don’t get hung up. The plan calls for 1/4...
Overview Fiberglassing the deck is more complicated than the hull since the cockpit meets the deck at such a sharp angle. I completed the prep work for the deck at the same time I worked on the hull. The remaining steps to fiberglass the deck include fitting the cloth, applying epoxy, sanding, and fixing mistakes. Fitting the Cloth I chose to fiberglass the deck using only four pieces of cloth. I’m not sure I will use this technique on the next two boats. It was a challenge...
Overview Fiberglassing the hull involves prep work, fitting the fiberglass cloth, applying several coats of epoxy, and sanding. Prep Work Whatever condition the hull is when you fiberglass it, is the condition it will stay, since you don’t want to sand through the fiberglass. All the corners of the boat must be rounded to a minimum of 1/4” radius because fiberglass won’t lay well across a corner that it is tighter. Outside corners can be routered or filed. Inside...
Overview This is the stage where it really starts to look like a boat! With the the interior sealed and the final fitting of the anchor pole hole, collar, and sleeve complete, the deck can be installed. The sequence is similar to installing the hull panels with the added step of lining up the the through-deck hole for the anchor pole sleeve. Fitting the Bow and Stern Deck Panels The bow and stern deck panels are fastened around a curved rib and this causes the seams along the cockp...
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