The seat frames and carrying yoke have been given a coat of epoxy resin. We let them cure for several days. I then give them a light sanding and begin varnishing.
I put eye-hooks in one end and hang them in front of the radiant shop heater. I hope for two coats a day. Second coat later in the day:
In these last two pictures, You can see a batten clamped to the gunwale. Paul and I are looking a shear lines for the canoe.
While the varnish dries, I make up two canoe cradles to put the canoe before Paul and I take the canoe off of the strongback and moulds.
The cradles are made from four 2×4’s. The feet are 20″ long, the legs are 28″ high and the cross braces are 28″ long. The feet are rounded off as are the tops of the legs. I just have to find some carpet for the tops.
Sketch of the Canoe Cradle plans.
We have undone the screws holding the bow and stern stem mould pieces in place. Moulds #0, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, & #6 are still in place. Paul and I go around the canoe, pulling at the sides, trying to break the hot-melt glue connection to the moulds. We then go to the bow and stern and lift the canoe off of the moulds and place her onto the cradles. We then take off the bow and stern section mould pieces.
Time to take the strongback/moulds apart and make room to work on the inside of the canoe.
The paper in the canoe is to catch any varnish drips (Third coat of varnish).
I put the moulds to the side. I will probably keep them, although I do not have plans to make another canoe. The blocks I will save for another boat building project.
I will hang the strongback from the rafters. For now, we put it with the unused strips to the side.
We now have to remove the hot-melt glue. The next time I build, I will not use hot-melt glue. I will use the ratchet straps at the station mould technique instead. Because the canoe was inside the garage, there have been no wet/dry cycles and the glue is quite stuck to the cedar strips.
I use pliers and a chisel to take the glue off…carefully!
All the pictures of the varnish coats look more or less the same….Fifth coat:
I cannot sand the inside of the hull until the varnishing is done. I end up doing seven coats.
I decide to weigh the hull:
Four ounce cloth and resin for the inside, inner and outer gunnels, decks, seats, carrying yoke and brass half oval for the keel. On track for less than fifty pounds.
Next steps, Webbing the seats, sanding and epoxy/cloth for the inside. Paul and I will have another “Poxy weekend” next week. A week to get ready. Lots of sanding to do.