Here is a list of required steps concerning the Gaco oar building project.
- Cut slot in skinny end of oar shaft; test fit blades. Oddly, blades marked with a "P" and "S". Performed many hours of research, wondering if making the middle oar, the "O", is required.
- Resolved this burning question, mixed up the epoxy, with wood powder and silica, glued in blades.
- Consulted with "ultimate owner" on his wife's knowledge of port and starboard. Apparently, we need to start with markings to identify "upright" position of boat.
- Checking on glue setup, noticed that one of the blades was glued in backwards. Colorful language used to address feelings of ineptitude.
- Informed "ultimate owner" that the boat was now designed to be an allegory for life, in that it was optimized for going in circles.
- Using handheld coping saw blade, sawed out the backwards blade, without damaging oar or blade. Installed blade on proper side.
- Moved on to the fiberglass wrap of the blade, where the oar fits the socket. Determined that oar rotated in socket; proceeded with glass and epoxy.
- Had problems with mix, it appears, on second coat; it did not completely, or adequately harden.
- Tested fit with socket; the additional thickness of the fiberglass interfered with rotation of oars.
- Removed fiberglass with heat gun assistance. Got out the planes, sandpaper again, and made the corners less acute, remove thickness on the "passive" side of the oar shaft- the top and bottom. Generated more shavings for blueberries.
- Acquired small mixing cups from auto paint store; verified accuracy of shown ratios. $2.16 for 6 cups.
- Glassed a second time. Cloth cut a little too wide, not determined until epoxy mixed and application initiated. Trimmed cloth and proceeded. Epoxy went off before completing second oar; managed to work the "taffy "-sticky stuff- into the cloth.
- Sanded off excess and other warts from prior day fun- tis OK. Hardened properly. A little time in the sunshine helped.
- Rolled on second coat, a few bubbles, acceptable. It is helpful, sometimes, to lower expectations on quality as exasperation sets in.
- Today, will attempt final coat, will tip with foam brush to get any bubbles out.