Saturday, May 3, 2014
Greg's new projects
Greg Wheeldon , just sent me these shots of one of his latest projects .... "I have been busy in the workshop. Attached are some images of an 8’ Mal just finished.
I have titled it the “Off Cut Series”, as I had some off cuts of paulownia lying around, and I wanted make up a board from these pieces. I have taped off and stained the paulownia in two colours to add interest, and inset some strips to separate the colours.
Pretty nice result.
I have stuck with wooden board tradition and made a fish-bone frame, with 6mm paulownia skins, and glass-on fin. Plywood and cork rails add a darker coloured rail. The inter-layer in the ply is a white pine, so you get these parallel white lines running down the rails. I added a triple inner-stringer to the back half, under your feet, to add strength to the deck.
I used a wood preserver epoxy resin, which is impregnated with anti-fungal and wood preserves. It is as thin as water, and soaks into the paulownia and western red cedar, but still gives a full gloss finish. A light sand between coats, and no glass matt, it gives a good gloss finish, but is very thin and light. The finished board weighs about 6KGs, which is light for an 8 footer.
I will bring this one, plus a couple of others down to the Wooden Board Day in August."