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whalerron posted 07-05-2002 08:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for whalerron   Send Email to whalerron  
I just completed the entire refinishing job of the seat in my 16'7" Minot whaler. The seat is all wood and it took about 13 hours to completely disassemble the seat, remove the varnish and sand all of the parts. It took another 24 hours of work to fill the grain and then put 7 coats of varnish on all of the parts. Yesterday, I spent 3 hours reassembling the seat and mounting it back into the boat. So now the job is done and the seat looks better than a fine piece of furniture. After 40 hours of labor (all at night after work) I was thinking about putting a glass display case over the seat so that it can be seen and so that noone can touch it. Surely some of the other "wooden seat" boat owners have resorted to this kind of finish protection. The display case will make the gas tanks a little inconvenient but it sure will make the finish last longer. I guess I need one that has a cushioned edge on the forward side so that I can use it as a leaning post. Where can I find one of these cases?

Has anybody ever had one of these wooden seats refinished commercially? With the labor involved, that job has got to cost about 1000 bucks or more.

- ron

JustinAndersen posted 07-06-2002 06:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for JustinAndersen  Send Email to JustinAndersen     
If you're that proud of your BW, I suggest fabricating a display case for the ENTIRE boat. It would be a bit bulky and would prevent you from using the boat, but it would keep it beautiful :). Well done on the resto job and yes, any decent furniture restorer is more than happy to do the job for you - I suggest that you provide the varnish so you're sure is up to marine and your own standards.

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