Archive for January, 2011

Oar Rack with Oars

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

The Portland Boat Show is going on right now and I made an Oar Rack to show off the oars that were made in the Oar Class that I taught last spring.  The pair of oars on the very right are the ones that I made during the class, the next pair were made my Russel Smith, the second from the left were made by Michael Simmons and the oars on the very left were some that were in the shop that I used to demonstrate how to leather an oar.

We used Alaskan Yellow Cedar to make the oars and used Daly’s Seafin Aqua Spar Clear Polyurethane Varnish for the finish.  Russel put on more coats to give the oars a nice warm yellow color to the oars.

The oar rack is made out of kiln dried Douglas Fir that I picked up at Building Material Recycling and was build in an afternoon.

Scraping and Sanding

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

I have started the scraping and sanding of the epoxy on the canoe.  I used a cabinet  scraper to get the most of the lumps off and then went over the area with a random orbital sander.  I still have to make one more pass and then I will put another coat of epoxy on to fill the low spots.  I will try using the cabinet scraper when the epoxy is green to see if I can reduce the sanding later.