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Building a Sassafras 14 ft. stitched lapstrake canoe
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HOME 1. laying out
the planks
2. cutting
3. gluing
4. rabbeting
5. stitching
6. shaping
7. filleting
8. gluing
9. removing
10. filling
11. gluing
12. gluing
13. glassing
14. glassing inside 15. glassing
16. decks and
seat mounts
17. installing
18. epoxy
19. sanding 20. varnishing 21. finishing up 22. launching storage BILL OF
This canoe was built from plans in the book "The Canoe Shop"

August 26, 2007
Coating the bare wood with epoxy

I have been sanding the surface on and off throughout the project so that now it is time to apply a light coat of epoxy to all the bare wood surfaces I didn't have much sanding to do.  I did vacuum the workshop thoroughly to reduce dust.  Then I vacuumed the boat and wiped it off with a rag.  I mixed up 8 ounces of slow cure epoxy and rolled it on with a 3" roller, I didn't cover the bottom 2 planks as they are already well covered.  As soon as I had rolled on a full coat to the planks I tipped off the bubbles with a disposable bristle brush.  I then used that brush to paint the outwhales -- along the under and outer edges.  I am able to re-use the cheap bristle brushes a few times by washing them off in lacquer thinner.

So far it looks pretty good.  After the second coat I will decide whether I will paint or varnish the outer hull. 

The first coat left the surface a bit rough, and there were a few drips, but an hour or so of sanding took care of that.  The second coat looks really nice.

August 26, 2007
Coating inside with epoxy

I has a nasty surprise this morning when I flipped the boat over - drips!  Once again I resorted to my favorite tool and sanded them all off with a 220 belt.  It didn't take long compared to all the other sanding I have been doing almost every day.

As I went to mix another 8 ounces of epoxy, I ran out of the slow hardener.  So I had enough to coat 3/4 of the inside before I had to run out to the hardware store and buy a small 7 oz can of 206 slow hardener.   Then when I mixed up another batch of 4 ounces I ran out of the epoxy!  Fortunately I have covered everything with one full coat, and the decks and gunwhales have a heavy brushed on coat, so I think I have enough surface preparation to go right to varnish -- after hours more sanding!  The image above left taken from my web cam shows me sanding down the inside after the first coat of epoxy.

It sure looks great with a full coat of finish!  I think I have decided to go with varnish on the outside because I really want this to be a real "woody" boat, in fact I plan to name her "Sawdust"!

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