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Not tiny house..........tiny boat

Discussion in 'Boat Bragging Board' started by jdupre', Jun 16, 2017.

  1. seedtick

    seedtick Well-Known Member

    I'm probably the only one here swimming countercurrent on any finish discussion. But let me say this, if you're just building (anything) to "good enough" standards, then you really ought to try for a "good" standard.
  2. jdupre'

    jdupre' Well-Known Member

    Seedtick, my main complaint with the time, work and expense of a really good varnish job is reality. Knowing that the first trip out in your pristine creation may (will??) result in one or more nicks and scrapes makes that time and effort seem futile. Pretty soon, the million dollar finish is demoted to a less-than-pristine status. Then.......guess what............MORE sanding , varnishing , sanding , varnishing....... Not worth it to me. Your mileage may vary. Chocolate and vanilla.

    Good enough for the intended job IS good. I'd wager 99% of all wooded boats built in the last several thousand years were built to "good enough" standards. Not "just barely enough to get the job donee" , but good enough to do the job well and last a reasonable amount of time.
  3. seedtick

    seedtick Well-Known Member

    You are absolutely correct - it's chocolate and vanilla

    but for me, I'm also showcasing the old wood, I would not varnish plywood. I typically hot coat the first 2 or 3 coats of varnish, then do a good sanding. After that that it's scuff sand and a coat of varnish. Takes less that 20 minutes to scuff and put on a coat of varnish.

    The coating - paint or varnish - protects the wood from water intrusion. A scratched up varnish finish is no better protection than a scratched up paint finish. The effort to keep both "pristine" is the same.

    BTW I've got your swamp mallow seeds and a piece of steel from a McDonough band saw mill blade. If you're in this area give me a call or I'll bring them next Feb
  4. jdupre'

    jdupre' Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I might just make a run up to your place. I've been thinking about making a couple more knives and that band saw blade would be just the ticket.

    I'm mostly impatient when it comes to applying a finish. By that point, I'm ready to be "finished" and try the boat out.
  5. jdupre'

    jdupre' Well-Known Member

    Well, the little boat has gone off to a new home. I sold it to a friend of my next door neighbor. Pretty talented carpenter.........and a woman. I've seen her cabinet work at the neighbors house and she's mighty good at it. I had a lot of fun building the boat, learned a couple of design pros and cons, found a pretty serviceable clear finish and almost doubled the money I had in it. Fair enough.

    Now .........what,s next ........... Ah, yes ............what's next? ( rubbing hands together with a mildly evil look in my eyes. HA! )

    Seedtick, if the offer of the mallow seeds and the band saw blade is still good, could you bring them to the Fling? Thanks.
  6. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Joey, maybe you could build something submersible? With, say a periscope and toroedo tubes?

    "This is your Captain speaking. Close all screen doors and windiws! This peerow IS submerging!"
    Ahh OOgah! AhhhOOOOgag!

    Just a thought
  7. seedtick

    seedtick Well-Known Member

    Will do

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