I finally got some work done today. The first order of business is to sand the fills from yesterday. Unfortunately it’s all hand sanding. The points are the hardest.
As it gets wider I can use a sponge.
Most of the fills today are because of a mistake I made earlier. I did not get the bead and cove joints correct. The strips just don’t meet tight enough.
In a perfect world I would have two router tables so I could adjust the set up until there was a perfect fit. On my first two canoes I didn’t have any trouble, so I’m not sure what I did this time. So the best thing I can tell you is to be sure you get your joints right and it will save you a lot of work later. Ok, enough crying for now, lets get back to the project.
You want your mix to be thick for this job.
Here’s a start.
I’m getting more of the mix on the wood than I need, but it is quicker to run the mix all along the joint and clean up the extra after. There are so many cracks it would take a long time to try and fill them while keeping the wood clean. It just means more sanding later. I didn’t take a lot of pictures because the gap filling all looks the same.
I did this job using several small batches because it takes so long to use it up. At this point I’m about 3/4 done.
I got lucky here and my wife showed up, so I put her to work. With her help I was able to finish before supper.
The final picture is the aftermath. I will clean it up tomorrow.
We were late finishing so I’m not sure if it will be cured enough to sand tomorrow. The next job, after sanding is to roll on a sealer coat, then finally the fiberglassing. I think it’s coming along nicely. I’m not sure if there will be anything to show tomorrow or not, if there is I’ll put it on. If not tomorrow, then maybe the next day. See you then.
-- Jeff in central Me.