With winter temps below zero, some reminders of summer and fall are in order. Warmer temps will be back soon enough, nothing to do but enjoy winter and hope for enough snowfall to ski and snowshoe.
Sunday, 13 January 2019
Temagami Canoe Festival was cancelled due to forest fires, and the restoration had stalled so we got a pass. Now its time to get back to it and finish it off. Boat has been stripped, 2 coats of varnish put on and sanded, seats caned and was wrapped in canvas that turned out to be defectve and so was shelved. Now we blow the dust off and get back to it so it will b ready for spring.
Below are some shots of the restoration in progress.
The ugly business of stripping old varnish
Seats and thwarts had owners name in paint. Called to ask John at Temagami Canoe Company if Bill Smith might have done this during build, he didnt know. Called the owner and he said it would have been his father , lying on his back, painting his name if the event the boat was ever taken.
White oak seats
Butternut decks, typical gunwale end rot
Stripped boat ready for repairs and varnish
Oval deck outline
Red Pine rails
Cleaning hull to tacks and staples
Canvas job done by John Killbridge 20+ years ago. Boat has been left out a lot, so ready for redoing.
Tip work needed
Butternut decks and red pine rails have stood up as well, or better than typical woods like spruce, ash and cedar.
Saturday, 5 January 2019
Flea market find, a few Stanley 'handyman' planes from the low end of their line up. Handy to have around when theyre sharp for a spare if one gets nicked or dull. Not every job needs a high end bronze plane
$6 apiece, couldnt leave them alone
Some of the fleet
Rails off for epoxy sealing on the backside and lower edge
After 8+ years the Blue Max batteries finally refused to take a charge. Bosch tools perform great, and these saw hard use including an extensive house renovation. On to the new 20v units. Not as powerful but much lighter and easier to balance.
Lots of Mahogany dust....
Tuesday, 1 January 2019
How to handle a 350lb bare hull? Easy, build a frame to hold it- if it never moves from one space. Taking up a third of the floor space shared with other projects and machinery, it needs to be mobile. A flat bottom makes it easier to handle, so another afternoon was given to teaching safety and the basics.
Measure twice, just to be sure
Squaring lines for framing
Fun with the impact driver
On with the casters, locking swivels for up front
Screwing down the decking, and reusing a piece of osb
Easy to move
From inside to outside and back in again
From here, measurements can be taken to set up a trailer to handle it.