Cedar Strip Canoe Build # 37 Second Filler Coat, And A Little Paddle Work

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Blog entry by farmerdude posted 02-20-2016 11:10 PM 1342 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I went out to do the second filler coat. I got out there and that’s when I remembered something from yesterday. When I quit yesterday afternoon I thought I might go back out after supper and add the next coat. If you can catch it right you can add a coat without sanding. According to the book there is a thing he refers to as the gel state, this means the mix has cured to the point where you can touch it without getting sticky, but you can still dent it with a fingernail. When it is at this stage you can roll on another coat and it will adhere to the last one without the dreaded sanding. I thought I may as well do this last evening so I put the two rollers into a plastic bag and sealed it up. After going in I got to thinking about some Chinese takeout. Hmmmmm….. takeout sounds better than rolling on epoxy. I figured the epoxy would wait, and when supper came around we headed for town. It wasn’t until I went out this morning that I remembered the rollers.

One mallet, one chisel, one utility knife, one pair pliers, back in action.

OK, back to the canoe. There were only three bubbles that popped up after I went in.

Pop them and they will sand out easy enough.

Now comes the same old thing you’ve seen many times before, sand the shiny and make it white.

It’s a good thing you have seen the rolling process because I forgot to take pictures.
I did the points with a chip brush, and my wife did all the rolling, this way I could make smaller batches while she rolled, and not waste the mix.
We had just a little left over so I put the cloth on the edge of the second paddle.

I had done the edge of the other paddle quite some time ago. Now all they need is some filler coats, just like the canoe. This is what the paddle looks like now.

And, here’s the canoe, looking good again.

I know this sounds like a broken record, but I need to sand it again. This sanding is to rough up the surface so the poly will grab. That’s right, I’m getting closer to poly. I may not sand it tomorrow so it can cure longer. So I guess tomorrows project will be the gunwales. I need to glue pieces together to make them long enough. It will seem nice to do some woodworking for a change. I think I may work on it tomorrow, if not then the next day or so. I’ll keep you posted, see you then.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 02-20-2016 11:41 PM

I am applauding your work, very nice!!

-- Brian Noel

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#2 posted 02-21-2016 01:00 AM

Thanks bearkat.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 02:04 AM

It takes a lot of patience to build a boat, work a little, sand a lot, work a little, sand a lot. You’re getting there. It’s going to be a great canoe. Are you sure you want to give this boat away.

Thanks for sharing the fun.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#4 posted 02-21-2016 02:05 AM

That is looking great. Thanks for the update buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 02-21-2016 05:17 AM

Great follow along blog, I am really enjoying this.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 02-21-2016 08:39 PM

Thanks everyone.

english, I know what you mean about letting it go, but I have the first one I made a few years ago. Guess I don’t need two.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#7 posted 02-22-2016 12:11 PM

Can’t wait until my kids are old enough to help me build one of these. Looking great and I’ve got to say, I think I’d have a very hard time letting it go.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#8 posted 02-22-2016 09:42 PM

Thanks, bigblock.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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