October 28, 2020
Skeedeen Phase 6-24
Renee got to work early in the morning, hoping to complete the transom in one day. With three “planks” in the final faux appearance, she first marked and masked off the planks, focusing first on the top and bottom planks. During the morning session, she completed the artistry on the two planks before leaving for a few hours to look at another job at a relatively nearby yard. Before departing, she set up a fan to blow air across the new paint and, she hoped, help dry it (along with the much warmer than usual temperature setting in the shop) quickly enough that she could mask over the new paint by midday and complete the center plank.
Meanwhile, during this time I began to prepare the loose woodwork I’d removed from the boat earlier. In the woodshop, I disassembled and lightly sanded the companionway bifold doors, along with the cockpit coaming trim, access hatch covers, binocular case, and rodholders. I didn’t have any varnish on hand so for now I had to satisfy myself with getting the sanding out of the way. Maintenance coats of varnish would come soon, once the new varnish supply arrived.
After lunch, Renee was back, and ready to work on the center plank, which she completed by mid-afternoon. This completed the bulk of the work on the faux transom, but she’d be back in the morning to finish up with a light sanding that would prepare the transom for clearcoats over the top, which I would apply in the near future.
Detail shots of the woodgrain in a more natural light:
Total time billed on this job today: 1.75 hour (Renee: 0545 – 0915; 1245 – 1515)
0600 Weather Observation: 34°, overcast. Forecast for the day: Cloudy, chance of a shower, 44°