Friday, November 18, 2011

Gunwalating

A short day in the shop. I pulled the clamps off the outer gunwales and cleaned them up a bit. They held the curve quite nicely and look good. Then I put on the inner gunwales, clamped them up, and am letting them kick until tomorrow. Here they are in the afternoon light.




I am conducting a few experiments with different brands of penetrating epoxy, in order to determine which one I want to saturate the exterior plywood with. Results so far:

Progressive Epoxy EPS-155 soaks in all right.
Restor-it (CPES) soaks in instantly and deeply--it is almost like water.
WEST System thinned with a little lacquer thinner does not soak in well at all.
WEST System thinned with a little xylene eats up the mixing cup instantly and pours into your shoe.

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