It’s time to fair the inside of the hull. Due to the shape it is never an easy job. I have some different things to try. First is an ulu.
This was given to me by a good friend. He made it using an old tablesaw blade. Actually, he made it for us to use in the kitchen. I guess my wife and I are too old to change. We just couldn’t get used to this over a regular knife. When I was making the last canoe I needed something to fair the inside curve and thought of this ulu. It matches the curve perfectly. I keep the outer edges sharp to use like a chisel. The center of the cutting edge I flattened with a file. Then I used my burnisher to roll a burr, and use it like a card scraper.
My father loaned me his detail sander.
I’m not sure the detail sander will be aggressive enough to do much fairing, but I think it will work well to rough up the fiberglass between coats up in the points.
I also like to use sandpaper with a sponge.
And, of course, scrapers.
I had to tweak my new stands. As I was sanding they slowly moved apart and don’t want to stay put. It’s almost 10 feet between them so I had to find something long to hold them still. I found this piece leaning against the back of the shop. A few c-clamps and it stays where it needs to.
I have started, but there is a long way to go.
There’s not much to show. The sanding all looks the same. It is slow going and I haven’t done the points yet. I don’t think anyone wants to see a bunch of sanding pictures, so I won’t be updating for a while. Maybe I will post again this weekend, unless something exciting happens before that (highly unlikely). So this is probably it until Sat. or Sun. See you then.
-- Jeff in central Me.