The black goop is dry. Time to take the tape off and trim any excess black goop.
We give the hull a wipe down with Varsol, to remove any black goop stains or spots.
Paul files the attaching screws more flush with the brass strip.
After Paul has filed the screws flush, we vacuum the hull and wipe it with a tack cloth and then give the hull a wipe with the Varsol.
We are trying to get as good a finish as we can without going too crazy about it.
We add a little Pettit solvent and stir. We will roll on the varnish and follow by brushing it out.
We roll and brush out the varnish. Fun, fun, fun.
When you are brushing out the varnish, you can feel the brush “drag” where there is a holiday. We re-roll out that piece again.
When the outside hull has dried, we attach the stem rings. They are brass cotter pins with a brass ring. We drill a hole in the deck piece, squirt in some black goop and put in the cotter pins and ring assembly.
When the black goop is dry, I remove the painters tape and install the seats. This way, all the holes I drill for the seats will be varnished on the inside.
I have used the formula to place the seats, trying for about 200lbs balanced off by 160lbs.
Cutting the seats.
I mark all the seats and cut them to fit.
I will have to cut the “riser blocks” to hang the seats from the inside gunnels.
Six of the blocks are the same length, two of the blocks are longer, I cut them out of some left-over oak.
I use the Shopsmith disk sander to shape the blocks.
I dip them in the varnish four times.
The two longer blocks have an angled top.
I have a long ¼” drill bit for the hanger holes. I want there to be some wiggle” room to hang the seats. It will be a tight fit.
After we have temporary fitted the seats and thwart, we remove them for the hull interior varnishing.
I have put painters tap along the underside of the gunnel (inside and outside) to catch any drips. You can see them a lot better against the painters tape than the varnished hull.
I start by using a q-tip to varnish the scuppers.
Q-tips are cheap, and I use two of them a side. I roll on the varnish and brush it out on the flat part of the gunnels.
The next step is to varnish the inside of the hull…Five coats.
Paul and I will roll out the varnish and then brush it out….
Rolling out the sides.
Brushing out the bubbles.
Dry, varnish, repeat five times.
When the last coat is dry, Paul and I install the thwart and seats.
We put a dab of the black goop to stick the seats to the hull…put a little less stress on the hanger bolts and gunnel when it is dry and we are using the canoe.
We give the bolts a wipe with Varsol to remove any excess black goop.
It is a tight fit. We use dabs of black goop as a thread locker.
It is very tight for the seat. We use a piece of wood to push the canoe sides apart to get the nuts on.
This is slow painful work..It is a very tight fit for the seats. Next canoe will have wider inside Gunnels and no scupper where the seats will go.
We give the bolt heads a wash with Varsol. Time to let everything dry. The canoe is done.
Paul and I have an Ooops. We hang the canoe by the stem rings to weigh her and the rings pull out. I buy new brass cotter pins, put the rings in them and solder them up.
I thread the new cotter pin assemblies (brass ring, cotter pin soldered and threaded, brass washer, brass washer, brass nut), we drill the old holes through and bolt the new stem ring assemblies in. No coming out now!
The canoe is now finished! Final weight, just under 60 lbs. Time to get those paddles done.
See you out on the water. The launching date is set for Father’s Day, June 17th, 2018 at Hollyburn Sailing Club. now to get working on those paddles!