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The Work Bench

By The Skipper:

I hate it when I find myself at the end of the day having accomplished nothing more than to learn that what I am trying to do won't work and I will have to start over with a new approach. I have been stuck on the Williwa part 3 video for a week now and Today I decided to start over. Again.  At least there is no wasted materials cost or corrective labor. Just wipe it clean and start over. 

It could be worse.  We once had to sand off a fresh Awlgrip paint job on Lealea's hull when a rain squall blew in over the mountains just as the paint was setting up. The squall blew through.  The sun came out.  The paint set with thousands of quarter inch blisters covering the hull.  It took three of us twelve hours to sand it off and get it ready to paint again.

work bench

But right now I think I need some positive reinforcement.  A simple task that I have been keeping on the back burner until the temperatures warm up a little. Varnishing and painting some teak blocks, the tiller and the boat hook.

I brought the gear up to the house we are minding and made a work space in the garage.  We have an elecric heater but I wanted to wait until the temperatures were consistently above 40f. Stopped by Hammer and Wikan Hardware and picked up sand paper, 3M pads, masking tape, brushes, tack cloth, cap lifter, stir sticks, one quart of Sikkens Cetol Marine and one quart of High Gloss White enamel paint, a quart of denatured alcohol, some rags plus a few old copies of the Petersburg Pilot to cover the workbench.  All set.


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