You may have seen this video before. It was made for this blog but I added it to my “Hide Glue for Beginners” one as well. It sort of belongs in both. Anyway skip it if you’ve already seen it.
When we left off, the hatch cover was structurally finished but didn’t look too good. So the next step was to veneer it with some nice mahogany strips These will make the cover look like it was actually made out of the narrow boards necessary to form the curve. I got to use my new veneer hammer.
Once the strips were down the other end needed to be cut off and a strip run across the end.
All finished up but a little plain. Maybe some banding….
A 1/8” cut across the end in way of the 3/16” band.
This is my setup to fit the banding. A piece of banding is placed with one edge against the near side of the existing rebate and the jig is fitted tight up against the other edge. Now, when the bit cleans off exactly at the edge of the jig, the rebate will be exactly the width of the strip. Easy ! No measuring !
Fit is perfect.
A quick soak with S1 epoxy sealer and it’s on to the other side.
First the protruding plastic staple nubs are sanded off and all is evened out.
The hammer veneering process is repeated.
And a coat of S1 sealer. This is one of my favorite products. It doesn’t go on all thick and plasitc-y but rather applies as thin as diesel and after soaking into the fibers of the wood, it cross-links for a hardened waterproof surface that can then be finished with what ever you like.
That’s about it for now. The next part will take place on a nice sunny day when I can bring the hatch home and get this piece glued on in place of the acrylic, some trim added and back on the boat for the night. Next day it will be home again for some sanding and finishing and then … well ..... cast off!
Thanks for looking in.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/