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Old 07-05-2010, 10:43 PM   #1591
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Next up was more work on the stair railing outside...a bit of a challenge at the top where the steps changed quite a bit.
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The last piece of the hand rail at the top has a curve - OK, it's bent, but only for the bottom 7 or 8 inches. But at least I could run it right to the wall.

The neighbours arrived just as I was fitting it up, so the noise of the planer and sander for shaping will have to wait until tomorrow. I should be able to get the infill done as well, and maybe stained.
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:49 PM   #1593
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Time for the railing on the lower stairs. Here I just sit the cedar on the stairs and draw two vertical lines with a level where I want it cut.
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Here it is cut...perfect height if you're a doggie!

I did get some pickets cut today as well for this, but they need to be planed, the corners eased and the ends cut at 45 - and I think pre stained before they get nailed on.
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Is anyone out there familiar with Riva boats?

If so, you might be interested to know that on their runabouts, which used some of the worlds' most exquisite mahogany, Carlo Riva specified no less than 22 coats of varnish.

And you think you're hard done by when you need to put three coats on!

This is coat number 8. It's starting to look reasonably so-so.
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Tried fixing the pic...is this any better?
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Do they use a sprayer to apply the varnish? Do they sand between each coat?
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Do they use a sprayer to apply the varnish? Do they sand between each coat?
Yes, and yes. The finish they get is unbelievable!
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This morning I got the outside railing fully shaped and almost sanded, when the head of the sanding pad (new, if you please) decided it didn't want the job any more. So it parted company with the backing.

Then it was the pad sander and then by hand.
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Here's all that is left of the $20 pad.
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Sorry about the photo being taken when it was nearly dark...again. But all the framing is done for the outside stairs now.

I have all the infill strips cut and dadoed. And just before dark, when all the mozzies came out to feed on me, I got them all stained. They will all be on tomorrow.
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Also this morning - absolutely goegeous day today - I got the railing at the round deck sanded and varnished.

Wife and I were trying to remember how many coats of varnish we got on it last year. However many it was, it wasn't enough. We will strive for 7 this year.
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There was some woodworking done inside today, aside from the infill.

I did get the pickets planed down, as well as some arbutus cut out for the first half a dozen treads. Just rough cut for now, and the first two steps have been planed to thickness.

Just as I was getting into it, wife number 2 called for supper.
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Be aware that the wood in the pic above has not been planed. It is just as it came off the sawmill many years ago.

The planks were stored outside under cover for a few years, but for the past 5 or 6 years have been inside. They ought to be pretty stable by now.
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The sun was starting to play havoc with the staves on the tub, so it was time to make some sort of cover. Blue tarps get old in a hurry.

This morning, pretty early, I cut up a sheet of plywood to fit.

I guess I must have woke the neighbours' wife up, as she came over (not to complain) but just to see what was happening. She hasn't been over for several years, and I think curiosity got the better of her.

For the record, she liked what she saw.

As you can see, the sun was around by the time I finished staining it.
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