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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

RHR,

Having carefully studied Tim Lackey's site, I had been considering a last satin coat, but I think I am going to stick with the high gloss for now. I can always do another coat in the winter. I worked on this so much, I have to call it done for now. I want it installed for the Canadian Long Weekend.
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I think high gloss looks a lot better on deck than satin. Satin looks better belowdecks than high gloss in most cases.

If you're willing to do the work the best of all below is real hand rubbed - wet sanded high gloss then polished back by hand - it ends up somewhere between high gloss & satin - like a piano.

It's a lot of work.
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RHR,

Having carefully studied Tim Lackey's site, I had been considering a last satin coat, but I think I am going to stick with the high gloss for now. I can always do another coat in the winter. I worked on this so much, I have to call it done for now. I want it installed for the Canadian Long Weekend.
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I hope it didn't sound like I was saying your high-gloss finish was wrong. Heavens no...it looks great. I've always used high gloss varnish until recently switching to spar urethane. I have yet to use my friends technique, but I will in the future. I really like the thick depth look of multiple coats. I always thought the high gloss was the ideal finish but now I'm digging the satin final coat. I'm going to re-finish my grab rails soon. I'll post up pics when done. Your table looks awesome though. Good job.
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I hope it didn't sound like I was saying your high-gloss finish was wrong. Heavens no...it looks great. I've always used high gloss varnish until recently switching to spar urethane. I have yet to use my friends technique, but I will in the future. I really like the thick depth look of multiple coats. I always thought the high gloss was the ideal finish but now I'm digging the satin final coat. I'm going to re-finish my grab rails soon. I'll post up pics when done. Your table looks awesome though. Good job.
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No worries, I didn't read it as criticism, it was in fact something I had been considering. But I just have to call it done sometime. These pieces have been hanging around underfoot for months, and literally hanging around from the beams in my garage for weeks.
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No worries, I didn't read it as criticism, it was in fact something I had been considering. But I just have to call it done sometime. These pieces have been hanging around underfoot for months, and literally hanging around from the beams in my garage for weeks.
Ha...I know how that goes. Funny thing though-I can always find what I'm looking for until my wife decides to "straighten things up". She thinks if things are out of sight the shop looks better. She puts things away in dedicated storage bins by category. As an example "electrical" might include black tape, batteries, remote for shop TV, pull chain for ceiling fans, my skil saw, DeWalt battery charger, light bulbs...good thing she is pretty and can cook
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No kidding, great job. Can you show us the knotting techniques?
Ritchard -- Great job on the table!

The knotting technique for the wheel couldn't be simpler. As you can see from the photos, a series of slip knots creates the braided look. We pulled each knot as tightly as we could (a sailing glove is key) then pushed the wraps together as we went along. When we wrapped the wheel, placing the "braid" along the outside allowed us to put more wraps between each spoke. Later we turned the braid to the front where it is more comfortable for steering.

I played with lots of options, some that I found in books, some that I made up. The great plus with this version that I made up is the spool of cord never has to go around the wheel or be strung through anything. Note that the cord hangs in the same spot in both photos. I hung the spool from the pedestal so the cord would roll off the spool. When the spool was standing on end on the floor, the cord twisted as it came off the spool. The wrap looks much better when the cord doesn't twist.





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Ha...I know how that goes. Funny thing though-I can always find what I'm looking for until my wife decides to "straighten things up". She thinks if things are out of sight the shop looks better. She puts things away in dedicated storage bins by category. As an example "electrical" might include black tape, batteries, remote for shop TV, pull chain for ceiling fans, my skil saw, DeWalt battery charger, light bulbs...good thing she is pretty and can cook
It's an even better thing that she isn't a file clerk.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Ho, ho, just what I've been looking for. No round and round and round.... And looks better to boot.
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Ritchard -- Great job on the table!

The knotting technique for the wheel couldn't be simpler. As you can see from the photos, a series of slip knots creates the braided look. We pulled each knot as tightly as we could (a sailing glove is key) then pushed the wraps together as we went along. When we wrapped the wheel, placing the "braid" along the outside allowed us to put more wraps between each spoke. Later we turned the braid to the front where it is more comfortable for steering.

I played with lots of options, some that I found in books, some that I made up. The great plus with this version that I made up is the spool of cord never has to go around the wheel or be strung through anything. Note that the cord hangs in the same spot in both photos. I hung the spool from the pedestal so the cord would roll off the spool. When the spool was standing on end on the floor, the cord twisted as it came off the spool. The wrap looks much better when the cord doesn't twist.





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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I hate to be a spoil sport, but is there any chance of crevice corrosion under that? I used to lock my wheel with a bungee loop in the slip, and found some signs of crevice corrosion under it after a week or so - and I am in a freshwater river.

I'm sure you're not the first person who has done this, so maybe someone else can chime in.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I have to crib this a bit in order to qualify for the low buck category. I'm only going to show 10% of the total project. I got ten of these solid bronze opening ports for $60 each. I had to scavenge them from a derelict old cruiser to get them for that price and by the time I was done I already wondered if I had paid too much.

The boat I recently bought has plastic deadlights with brass trim rings outside and teak rings inside. I wanted metal opening ports but even brass ones would have cost several boat bucks - bronze ones like these would have been almost as much as I paid for the whole boat plus they would have to come from New Zealand.

It's taken about a full days work each to remove, clean & polish them. That adds up when there are 10 of them to do. I had to start with 220 sandpaper and go up through 320, 400, 600, 800 & 1200 before I could begin buffing but I'm pretty happy with how they came out and especially the deal I got.

They won't go in until next fall or winter.

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