Bob Brown’s Belle

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Bob Brown’s Belle

Postby BobBrown55 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:39 pm

I started my Belle Isle build almost 7 years ago (!) and have not made much progress over the past 4 years. Life changes! Now, I’m getting back to it a bit. This forum has been a great help to me so far, and I know I’ll need more help to get to launch. Also, I hope this will help other builders, as other builders’ posts have helped me. So, I started this topic.

One thing that slowed my progress was getting a tool to drill the prop shaft hole. Fortunately, a couple engineer types at work helped me and I got that done in June. (Not sure why these pics are sideways; if you click on them, they’ll go full size and turn upright.)

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It came through pretty clean.

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Re: Bob Brown’s Belle

Postby BobBrown55 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:53 pm

I’ve also made progress recently on getting the Belle ready to stain. The sides and transom have all been sanded with 80, 120, and 220 grit. That may be overkill based on re-viewing a couple of Townsend videos, but It can’t hurt. (Turns out it can hurt; see comments below.). Here’s what she looks like.

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Re: Bob Brown’s Belle

Postby DrBryanJ » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:25 am

Bob: She looks really nice. What type of stain are you using? 220 may be too fine. My stain manufacturer recommends no finer than 150. Says wood won't pick up stain well with finer.

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Re: Bob Brown’s Belle

Postby BayouBengal » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:48 am

I don't know what a Townsend video is, but your planking looks outstanding and from best I can tell your hull looks very well faired. Does it really even need to be stained?

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Re: Bob Brown’s Belle

Postby BobBrown55 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:40 am

BayouBengal wrote:I don't know what a Townsend video is, but your planking looks outstanding and from best I can tell your hull looks very well faired. Does it really even need to be stained?


Bayou, Thanks for your comments. Townsend offers a series of DVD’s on boat building. I’ve found the ones on finishing to be helpful. Here’s his website: http://www.townsendboatworks.com/dvds_f ... _tutorails

I don’t like the wide variety of color in the mahogany I used. I hope the stain will even it out.

Thanks,

Bob
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Re: Bob Brown’s Belle

Postby BobBrown55 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:01 am

DrBryanJ wrote:Bob: She looks really nice. What type of stain are you using? 220 may be too fine. My stain manufacturer recommends no finer than 150. Says wood won't pick up stain well with finer.

Bryan


Bryan, Thanks for your comments, especially on the sandpaper grit. I’m using Interlux Interstain. Sure enough, the product data sheet says, “BARE WOOD Sand with 80 grade (grit) paper. Sand smooth. Sanding with too fine a sanding paper will not allow Interstain* to penetrate into the wood.”

I was going with what I’d learned in a boat finishing class, but that was for varnish, and I hadn’t realized stain would be different. I’ll run a test on a scrap, but it sounds like I may need to go back and ‘rough it up.’

Thanks!

Bob
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Re: Bob Brown’s Belle

Postby Bill Edmundson » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:06 am

Bob

I think most epoxy also says 80 grit.

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