November 22, 2016
Yesterday, I’d been unhappy to find that I had no spare scraper blades on hand (I always have them on hand), so I made do with the one blade out of several scrapers on hand that was still OK, though by the end of the day it was approaching uselessness. So since I’d have to await delivery of replacement blades till sometime in the afternoon, I chose to go ahead and work instead on sanding the newly-stripped port side. During the morning, I sanded all the stripped trim and the other surfaces with 120 grit, smoothing the bare wood for a bright finish and preparing the other areas for primer and paint. I’d go over all the trim with 220 grit later. At this writing, I didn’t yet know if the settee back panels would end up finished bright or painted; there’d been minimal old varnish on them, and although I’d not stripped them the existing finish was OK as a base for new varnish if desired, or else primer and paint. I thought the final choice of new upholstery fabric for the seat backs might end up making the decision more clear–a dark fabric might like the contrast of a white panel, or vise-versa–but in any event this decision would soon be made.
In the nav station footwell, I removed the trim along the sole, exposing the area so I could pattern and install the new sole to match that in the main cabin. I’d refinish the existing trim down on the bench with all the other small pieces.
I had to bide time for a little while after lunch while I waited for the delivery with my new scraper blades, but afterwards I prepared to strip the trim and various bulkheads on the starboard side. As with the other side, the original condition of the old varnish was varied, but generally poor. The trim on the engine hatch cover was in better condition, and I saw no reason to strip it, though I’d sand it and varnish it along with the other trim too.
By the end of the afternoon, I’d stripped the trim in the galley, plus the handrail and window trim and part of the galley bulkhead. I’d continue next time.
Total time billed on this job today: 5.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation:
30°, clear. Forecast for the day: Mostly cloudy, 40