January 3, 2020
It was a quiet day, with important yet largely non-visual progress at the shop, aimed mostly at setting things up for the work to come in the next weeks.
To begin, I cleaned up as needed from the mast painting operation,putting away the painting supplies and equipment so I could get that side of the shop back to normal. I left the freshly-painted spars alone for now for some additional cure time, but soon planned to move them to the side so I could reclaim the bay for a vehicle that I stored there, but had moved out for the painting operation.
Completing the mast painting was a significant milestone, and I wanted to finish its reassembly as soon as possible so the riggers and sailmakers could get back to work on their respective jobs, so to that end I went through all the mast hardware, noting the fasteners required so I could order replacements as needed, which I did once I’d checked existing stock against my scribbled notes.
Next, I turned to the new bowsprit, which I’d glued up some time before. Now I removed the clamps, scraped off the excess epoxy, and milled the blank to the final dimensions, using the original as a guide: 10-1/4″ wide and 84-1/2″ long.
I finished up the blank by rounding the corners as appropriate, and sanding the whole thing smooth. Since the bowsprit would remain bare, this completed the initial construction, and I could soon prepare to install it.
Afterwards, I lightly sanded, cleaned, then revarnished the new cherry trim pieces and the cabin table. I’d recently moved an unrelated finishing project out of my little finishing room, and now I spread the table pieces out there to allow the refinishing process to go on over the coming days, as the numerous two-sided pieces would require extra time to varnish completely. I planned to finish up the cherry trim over the weekend, so I left them in the main shop for the duration.
Total time billed on this job today: 7 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 30°, cloudy. Forecast for the day: Cloudy, 42°