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Project Log:  Friday, January 21, 2011

Over the past couple days, I'd effected two small repairs to the port forward section of the caprail.  Now, I trimmed the oversized repairs to the proper shape and to match the contours the rail was supposed to have, using the intact starboard side board as a guide, and sanded the repairs smooth.


Although all the caprail sections had now been cleaned up and rough-sanded, there were four sections left that required finish sanding, which I completed next, working through 80-220 grits on a vibrating finishing sander.

After vacuuming up the boards and solvent-washing, I applied a sealer coat of varnish to both sides of each section.  Because of additional bunging work required following reinstallation of the rails, I only planned to apply the one coat of varnish to the top surfaces of the rails first (and would build up the requisite number of coats once they were reinstalled), but to ensure that the bottom, bonding surface was well-sealed I'd apply several coats there before installation.

The aftermost piece from the port side (second photo, third from left) was very dark after varnishing, much darker in appearance than the remaining pieces.  Reviewing old photos of the boat, I guess this piece did appear a bit more weathered than the others, though it had been much lighter after sanding.  Such is the nature of wood.


Total Time Today:  2.5 hours

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