Category Archives: Boat Building General

Updates on the boats that I am currently working on.

My New Healthy Woodshop Addition

20150504_155223smI am in the finishing steps of the Chesapeake Light Craft Wood Duck 10.  Finishing does not mean that I am actually finished with the boat, it simply means that I have started sanding and painting (See our blog “Finishing a Boat“).  On the deck of the kayak I am using Interlux Schooner Varnish.  I have tried many varnishes and there are some great ones out there, but I have had the best luck with Interlux.

After the first night of varnish, I got a call from my wife later that afternoon.  “Honey, the house wreaks of chemicals,” she said.

I came home that night, skeptical of the claim.  I know paints have an odor, but I doubted that the varnish had permeated the basement ceiling and made the house “wreak.”  My wife, like most mothers, has a overly cautious nose when it comes to chemicals, gases, or something burning.  Unfortunately, when I walked in the front door, the odor smacked me in the face like Don Corleone slapping Johnny Fontaine.  Down in my woodshop, the smell was ferocious.  Then I remembered the last time I used Interlux Schooner Varnish.  Oh yeah….that stuff STINKS and stinks for 2 days!

Since I don’t plan on stopping the use of my favorite varnish, I had to come up with another solution.  I went on to Amazon and made some purchases for what I refer to as my vapor removal system.  The whole setup cost under $200.  I purchased a 400 CFM In-Line Fan and a 6″ range hood duct kit that included 8′ of 6″ duct and a louvered vent.  I also purchased a second 25′ section of 6″ duct for the intake.  I want to have the ability to move this section of duct over to whatever project I am working on, so I got one that was sheathed in vinyl.  Lastly, I picked up a timer outlet just so I don’t accidentally leave this thing running for weeks on end.  It took a little over an hour to cut the hole in the wall and to hang everything from the ceiling.

I won’t tell you that this device eliminates the odor produced by paints and epoxy and it does not take the place of a good Vapor Respirator, but it does a fantastic job reducing that smell.  I have done several coats of Schooner Varnish and other marine grade paints and have not had a single complaint from Super Nose.  Comment below if you have any questions.

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Finishing a Boat – Paint/Varnish (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from “Finishing a Boat – Prep”   Now you are ready.  The best thing to do with any paint or varnish is to follow the manufacturers instructions regarding stirring, straining, thinning, temperatures, etc. Otherwise, the application method I use is essentially approved for most single part products.  I have always used Interlux Schooner Varnish because…Continue Reading

Finishing a Boat – Prep (Part 1 of 2)

I had a conversation with a friend yesterday.  It went something like this; Friend:  How is the kayak coming? Me:  Great.  I am just finishing it. Friend:  Oh yeah?  When do you think it will be done? Me:  I dunno.  Maybe a month. Friend:  I thought you said that you were just finishing it? For…Continue Reading

The Perfect Wooden Boat

I spent most of yesterday building a hockey rink in my yard. It is 30′ x 65′ and took a great deal of time and effort. Today, my body aches from swinging a 10lb hammer and lugging sheets of 3/4″ preasure-treated plywood all day. Thankfully, making a giant square box doesn’t not require a ton…Continue Reading