|Project by Manitario||posted 09-03-2014 06:37 PM||1721 views||8 times favorited||13 comments|
Last July my wife forwarded me a link for plans for a wooden boat rack. I wasn’t too keen on building it; it’s a big project, a lot of individual pieces and a lot of finishing. Eventually we made a deal; I’d do the woodworking and assembly and she’d do all the finishing. It took me about a week to get most of the parts cut and sanded, took her about a year to get the finishing done. To be fair, we needed to wait until spring to stain the 16ft boards outside as I didn’t want them taking up room in my shop. Eventually with some encouragement she got her part done and I set to assembling the boat rack.
Overall I’m pleased with how it turned out. Due to the amount of snow we receive and the winter winds, we’re going to remove the roof boards every fall, which will suck, but it’ll hopefully preserve the structure.
The wood is cedar; I’m not convinced that it will hold up long term under the rigors of our weather on lake Superior, however it was the only wood I could get in 16ft lengths and the easiest to work with. Maple would have been the best choice if available, but I can’t imagine assembling a structure like this out of rock maple would be “fun”.
Finished with Sikkens Cetol Marine.
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