Cedar Strip Canoe Build # 47 Poly On The Inside, Some Woodwork

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Blog entry by farmerdude posted 03-19-2016 09:47 PM 1645 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As the title says, I finally got the poly on the inside. I did two coats, and wasn’t happy with it so I sanded the bottom a little and did a third. Here’s the problem, my shop is small and I have a terrible habit of hanging stuff from the ceiling. I’ve had no dust collector, so there is a ton of sawdust up there. If you bump anything you get a shower of fine dust.

I don’t have much to tell, or show tonight so it will be a quick update. Here is what I’m using. Helmsman, and a decent brush.

Here is the start.

And here it is done.

I kept poking the wood stove and kept the temp up there. By the end of the day it was dry enough for a second coat. Here again, a start, and finished pic.

So I waited until the next day and checked it out. I was not happy with the result. I don’t like to put on poly anyway, you can’t see what you are doing when you apply the second coat. I thought I was getting enough on, but not quite. I got it too thin and the brush marks didn’t fill in and smooth out.

I hated to do it, but I sanded the bottom and just a little up the sides. That smoothed it out considerably. Now all I have to do is put on another coat and get it thicker. I was ready to do that when an old friend called and wanted to come visit. I hadn’t seen him in a while so the canoe went on hold. He left late so I chose to wait until today. It was in the forty’s in the shop this morning, so I started a fire. I had some time to kill waiting for it to warm up so I put in some of the woodwork. The seats would be in the way so I left them for later. I put in the yoke and the thwarts. Here it is with the wood in and bottom sanded.

And here it is with the third coat. It looks the same as the other pictures but I put in one anyway.

Of course there were dust nibs settling in already. The wife helped me to put two new tarps over it to see if that would help. It will take longer to dry but will be worth it if it keeps the dust off.

I have a plan, if it works out. Tomorrow if the poly is set up, I will put in the seats. That means the inside is done. Then I will figure what to make to put it on so I can turn it over. If I get that done I will lightly sand the outside and give it a thin coat of epoxy to fill the scratches. Then a couple coats of poly, and I will suddenly have some time on my hands. It won’t all happen tomorrow, but if I get enough done I will update. See you then.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 03-19-2016 10:09 PM

That is one beautiful canoe sir. If you dont mind Id like to suggest for your last coat you may get better results intead of using a brush and doing one coat wipe it on with a rag and do two coats. Id only thin it with about 25% mineral spirits max but thats just my taste. Your coats are thinner that way and if any dust does settle on top its just sitting on top instead of embedded in your finish. By the way i absolutely hate brushing since i started wiping it on instead.

-- Andy Smith

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#2 posted 03-19-2016 10:14 PM

Jeff, I have problems with dust in my finishes and I do have a DC. If you don’t have a dedicated paint room I don’t think it can be avoided. It’s looking good.

Thanks for sharing!!

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#3 posted 03-19-2016 10:15 PM

Andy Smith, that sounds good to me. I’m a fair woodworker, but I don’t do a lot of finishes. I need all the help I can get. I will try this. Thank you for the input.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#4 posted 03-19-2016 10:17 PM

English, I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one. Thanks for the input.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#5 posted 03-19-2016 10:35 PM

Hey, looks like you might be getting a new fire station. How ‘bout that ! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 03-19-2016 11:05 PM

Joe, sorry, but I’m about 45 miles north of there. This town is too small to ever have our own. I do like your observation skills.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#7 posted 03-20-2016 01:28 AM

That looks absolutely amazing. My young neighbor spent the day in the shop with me. First thing he asked about was your canoe so I showed him your posts that he hadn’t seen yet. He was very impressed and really looking forward to building his. Thanks for the update buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 03-20-2016 02:53 PM

You are really rolling along now, great post.

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

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