Date: 26 October 2015. Rope Trim
(stain and varnish wood)
should turn around slowly. There is still time to move along before
I ruin all your carefully crafted arguments on how to stain and
varnish properly. Mine is not perfect. The project is done and in
less time than you might think necessary. And it's Good Enough.
inspiration for my rope trim came from a previous project.
in my cabin I have a DVD rack. I added a wooden rope trim years ago on the
outside edges. I believe it looks nautical in an understated way.
Plus, the trim hides the cut edges of the wood. It looks more
Made by a Tom McArthur years ago, the DVD shelves are mounted above
my bunk. The observant may notice the movies are stored in
alphabetical order. I do like things tidy.
came time to hide the edge of the shelf above my refrigerator I knew
I'd like to use the same wood trim. That it looks like three-strand
dock line is a bonus.
measured the depth of the shelf and the width. I wanted the piece of trim to cover the
cut edges of the shelf. Actually I wanted it mitered (cut
on an angle like picture frame corners) however I couldn't figure
out how to do that so settled for Good Enough.
had easy access to my toy dremel (a gift from my friend Mabe) I used
it to make the cuts necessary. I call it a toy however it is
actually a Harbor Freight or Northern Tools hobby version of the
real Dremel. For the small projects I do it's sufficient..
locker is now occupied by the new larger refrigerator/freezer.
That's why I'm having issues with finding my tools. They are stowed
in a milk crate in the bilge and that's totally unacceptable in the
long term. Remedying that is another item on the to-do list.
Cutting using the dremel:
Before starting with the stain, I
wiped the wood with a cloth rag. This was to remove any bits of dust
and sawdust. The experts will say I should have used acetone. If I'd
remembered I had nail polish remover (which is a high priced
low-smell version of acetone) I'd have used it. I forgot.
Next: Stain the wood.
I know I have some sponge
brushes around this place. You'd think with a 23' boat stuff
could not disappear, especially if you're even half-way
The only sponge brush I could
find was hard at the end from a previous project. I cut off the part
with hardened paint and had at it.
was stiff and difficult to use. Finally I gave up and pulled out an
old rag. I dipped the rag in the stain and then rubbed it on
The wood looked too dark. Still, I'd used the same stain on
the DVD rack and it turned out okay so I continued with the
I stained both the back
and front of the rope trim.
Then I made
another unsuccessful attempt to find my doggone sponge brushes. Nor
could I locate any larger paintbrushes. Of course I could have gone
to the store and bought more however I knew I had them some place on
Seaweed. Plus, I'm thrifty.
I still had
on hand a cut off brush from when I used flat black paint on the
galley stove a year or three back. It would suffice for the varnish.
a quart of clear gloss Polyurethane from Walmart. It's shiny and
dries fast. The polyurethane works well inside. It is not for
wasn't the best. It did work though and the results please me.
The first coat of varnish is on the
trim to the right.
The top half of the left trim piece also has the first coat.
The varnish lightens the stain a bit and brings out
the golden tones of the wood.
applied to both the front and back of the trim.
Because this trim could
get wet I opted to stain and varnish both the front part that
shows and the back of the wood.
I like that it's finished
on both sides.
I painted the back first,
then flipped the wood over and did the front. I was most
concerned about coverage versus good looks, at least as far as
the back goes.
The small cut off pieces of the cutting board
Backing Plate Concerns
article] are holding the wood off work surface.
I could have waited for
the back to dry before flipping over the trim to varnish the
side that shows. That seemed needlessly time-consuming. This
part of the project was governed by the Good Enough mantra
close-up of the varnished trim as I'm applying the first coat:
I ended up with three coats of
varnish on the trim. It looks pretty.
Then came Job Creep.
With the galley trim looking so spiffy, the *fiddle
on the dinette sure did look sorry. As long as the brush was
out, I added another coat of varnish to the dinette fiddles.
small pieces of wood usually. They hold items in place when the boat
While I had the varnish can
open I took a critical look around Seaweed. Much to my chagrin
there were quite a few places that needed more shine.
This episode of Job Creep
had a wonderful effect on my happiness level. I like things
looking good, and now they do.
You can see a big difference in this photo
Finally, a bit of Gorilla Glue
and my trim is adhered to the edge of the shelf.
is great stuff. There are a couple of caveats however. Number One is
my humble suggestion to follow the directions on the container.
There's a part in there that says to dampen what your bonding. I
missed that the first few times I used the stuff, so mention it here
in case you're like I was.
Also be aware the stuff foams up
and oozes out the edges. You'll need to be careful and wipe it up
while wet. Otherwise, like me you might have an "interesting" time
trying to remove the excess.
I added a thin layer of the
adhesive to both the trim and the shelf surfaces. A scrap of cutting
board and three c-clamps held it all together while the
dried. I used the cutting board so that when I tightened the
c-clamps down I would not mar the surface of the shelf.
Later I'll cover how I have
secured the microwave to that shelf. Boats rock and I wanted to be
sure the *nuker would not move from its spot. There is a four-point
system to keep the microwave in place.
nuke aka cook food in a microwave, thus a nuker is a microwave oven.
project is finished. Almost.
record: as I put things away I found my new brushes. They were right
where I put them when preparing for this project. I should have left
them where they belong. Instead I moved them. No doubt my
gathering of goods must have seemed like a good idea at the time.
Do you have a hard time finding things you know you had
And do you tend to replace or wait until you find whatever is missing?
Garbage Bag Solution ~
Previous Post ...
... Next Post
Securing the Microwave