Remember when we found the $10 piece of white oak for R.E.D.’s weather station? (story here)
There was more than enough leftover wood for yet another project. It wasn’t high priority but when we visited an engraver last year to have a trophy prepared we thought…wouldn’t it be great to have a new name plate?
The existing plate, even though just three seasons old was looking really tired. We left the piece of oak at a woodshop for cutting and sanding (there’s only so much that can be done in a condo apartment), then the two pieces were passed on to our engraver. He scanned the original and worked his magic.
The replacement was a work of art. Engraver and cabinetmaker were both very pleased with the results…as were we.
Francois used the same process of finishing as with rail and companionway door projects – primer, stain and four coats of Cetol (story here and here).
With time being at a premium this time of year and with the extra pressure of getting R.E.D. launch-ready, there had to be an easier and faster way of prepping/staining/Cetoling than to watch each stage dry, flip and repeat. Francois came up with a brilliant solution…toggle bolts!
It was one of those ‘why didn’t I think of this before’ moments.
Now with just days until spring launch, R.E.D. has her name plate in place, port and starboard.
- White oak (5/8″ to avoid warping)
- primer (Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner)
- stain (Minwax Ipswich Pine 221 Wood Finish)
- Cetol (Sikkens Marine Light)
- paint brushes
- 4 SS screws
- 8 SS washers
- butyl tape
- 4 toggle bolts (optional)
- 1 trusted cabinetmaker (because we don’t have the space/tools)
- 1 trusted engraver