October 17, 2017
Now I sanded all the recently-stripped interior woodwork to smooth and further clean the surfaces, working through a couple grits with an electric sander and by hand as necessary. The original wood–mahogany for the thwarts and white oak for the rubrails–was in good condition overall, particularly the old mahogany, and cleaned up quite well, though retaining the inevitable–even desirable–patina of age. The white oak was stained around all the rubrail fasteners, but most of this rail (except the inboard edge) would later be covered by the new “canvas” rubrail.
After vacuuming, I solvent-washed the wood to clean it, leaving it to air dry for several minutes before continuing.
Once the solvent had evaporated, I masked around the various pieces of bronze hardware and along the edges of the wood as needed to protect the hardware and hull from the varnish work.
Finally, I applied a well-thinned sealer coat of varnish to all areas.
Total time billed on this job today: 3.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: Clear, 25°. Forecast for the day: sunny, 50s