Painting Finishing up and Painting Names
April 11-12, 2013

When last we left the Lazy Weekend canoes, we had two of them painted with their first coat of paint. Now it's time to get 'em ready for the Depoe Bay Boat Show next week - April 20 and 21.

Oh, man, I'd forgotten how bright those colors were. We were doing two things this weekend - finishing up the first two Lazy Weekend canoes and getting ready to build the third At the Depoe Bay Boat Show. We had the router out to knock the corners off the gunnels, keel, and chines.Curt was busy chopping the frame sides.

Bob (l) brought Todd (r) over for a visit. Todd works for the OSU Extension office and is the 4-H liaison for the East County He's got aton of enthusiasm and just might be what we need to get some youths activated and active.

While I spoke with Bob and Todd, Curt was beveling the edges of the frame sides. 6 frames, 2 sides each, a few degrees here, a few degrees there.

Once the PR duties were done, Curt and I turned to on giving the boats their second coats of paint. Man, that's pink.

I always forget seats until the very end. I'm glad I remembered them this time. John Welsford, an outstanding boat designer and all around good guy, often says "I haven't launced a boat yet that didn't have the imprint of my butt in the wet paint on the seats."

That was enough effort for the evening. Off to Pig Feathers for a beer.

I needed to pick up an X-acto knife, easiest done at the Wal-Mart in Newport. The X-acto knives are back in Crafts section. Wouldn't that pink canoe look nice with some jewels?

Or maybe some glittery stickers? No, better not. It is stunning enough on its own.

I exited through the Paint section - Glitter Blast! Oh, man, is that glow in the dark on the right? In the end, I didn't get any of it - man, I'm getting old.

That yellow boat is suer pertty in the sunlight.

Today's main task was adding names to the canoes. To do this, I am using some tape (I've decided I like Frog Tape for painting,) a printout for my template, and a razor-knife to cut it all out.

Tape goes down - be generous.

Template goes on.

Cut out the inside bits first - that was a hard-learned lesson.

Peel off the letters

Admire your work

And paint it up. A smarter man than I would have used spray paint. A daring man would have use Glitter Blast.

While I waited for the paint to dry, I got busy on the parts for the next canoe. The bow and stern is exactly the same. I take 1/2" off the length just in case I am using gunnels milled from a 16' board - you have to have enough excess to cut off.

The 4 pieces that make up the sides are exactly the same: 96" long and 14" wide. I could cut each board individually, but I prefer to stack up so I can make all my mistakes at once.

While the boards are stacked, I ore-drill all the holes for the screws I'll be using to secure the sides to the chines and gunnels.

The sides are 14" wide, you cut 3 of them from one sheet of ply, leaving a stripe about 5 3/4" wide, just perfect for making the butt-strap for joining the sides and bottom.

More visitors - you might remember Bud's grand children from the Family Boat Build of 2011. Sequoia is growing up nicely.

They wanted to get on the water, so we tried 'em in a Mollyhawk first.

Rowing takes some getting used to - especially team rowing. They were only out a short while.

We decided to try them in a Lazy Weekend canoe next - maiden voyage, no less.

Scads of space in that boat.

Off they go.

I do believe paddling is more innate than rowing. Rowing is probably more efficient, but paddling is easier to pick up.

That's a a purty boat.