Captain’s Log 10 – Sifter

Saturday December 2, 2017: Sanded the first coat of battleship-grey primer with 120 grit sandpaper. Wiped everything down with acetone. Painted the second (and final) coat of primer. It took exactly the same amount of time as the first coat (1 hr 15 minutes), but used a little bit less paint.

Tested the green paint (it’s a bit darker than I thought it would be but maybe it will look good in the sunshine?) and tried the sifter with the sawdust. The plan is to paint the first coat of deck paint and sprinkle the sawdust on it while the paint is wet. Then paint over it with the final coat of deck paint. This will provide some traction on the deck, to prevent slips and falls later, especially when wet.


Sifting sawdust from Joe’s shop, trying to get just the finest bits to use on the deck as anti-skid texture.


Sprinkle-test: will this sawdust work with the paint? Also, that Jade Green is much darker than I thought it would be.

I thought I’d be able to sprinkle the sawdust by holding the sifter over the deck, and turning the crank. But the little metal bar that rotates inside the sifter dumps out a whole bunch of sawdust at once, then none until the bar comes around again. So, I will have to hand-sprinkle it. This reminds me of planting seeds, grassland restoration, farming. Not for the first time during this project, I am surprised by some random old life-skill coming into play while I’m working on this boat. Farming: seeds. Quilting: patterns and cutting fabric. Seabird grubbing and yoga: proprioception. Cooking: mixtures and recipes. Baking: how to use a sifter. Painting rooms and houses: cutting in and rolling. OSHA training and oil-spill preparedness: knowing how to read material safety data sheets and which personal protective equipment to wear. My thoughts have started to drift in a meditative state while I’m working, making connections, feeling inspired: a sure sign that I am “in the zone” on this project.

Or maybe I’m just high on paint fumes.

It’s dump day today, so I recruited Joe to give me a ride out there. I collected all the trash from the project (mostly yogurt containers) and emptied Walt’s Barn trash can. He’ll be home tomorrow and I don’t want his shop to look completely trashed. I had burned a lot of the stir sticks, paint brushes, acetone rags, and paper towels as I went along, so there really wasn’t that much garbage. Turns out it’s pretty handy to have a woodstove in the shop, in spite of those fears of explosion and destruction by fire. I also cleaned out Walt’s shop vac and even wiped it out with acetone to get rid of the fiberglass dust. Nasty stuff!

Two coats of paint to go, then I’m done!

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