There has been daily progress on the Strip Canoe. The outside of the canoe is just about finished and it’s nearly time to remove it from the strongback frame so that work can continue on the inside.
After all the strips were glued into place and the excess glue scraped from the outside of the canoe, it was time to sand. Because this project is taking place in my basement, Mr. Hobby put up some plastic to contain as much of the sanding dust as possible. The canoe was sanded with a random orbital sander.
After the sanding, Mr. Hobby applied a sealer coat of epoxy.
Once the sealer coat dried, the canoe was draped with a sheet of fiberglass. Mr. Hobby mixed up a different batch of epoxy that was specifically made for this type of application. This was rolled and then spread with a plastic squeegee blade. This first coat of epoxy needed to fill in the weave of the fiberglass.
The fiberglass sheet was trimmed with a pair of household scissors. After the epoxy dried, Mr. Hobby scrapped off any high spots. Two more coats of this same epoxy were applied and allowed to dry.
There is still more finish work to be done on the outside, but that will wait until the work on the inside of the canoe is done.
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