There are some things in life that are satisfying and some that are not. Sanding is one of those things that I think falls into the satisfying category. You take an old weathered piece of wood and with minimum effort (most times) you end up with an almost new piece of wood. It is fantastic!
Of course that only holds true when you are only sanding one or two pieces. After the 457th piece is sanded and you still have another 457 pieces to sand, it starts to fall into the unsatisfying category. Actually just the pain in the ass category.
Believe it or not, we are actually coming close to being finished with the sanding of wood. I think there are 3 doors, about 10 drawers, and 1 major panel and 1 small panel left to sand not to mention all of the little pieces of trim. Our basement is almost free of Akupara’s interior!
We are trying to drive this to completion and I have to say that the admiral and the crew have been exceptional when it comes to being persistent with this. Hopefully, fingers crossed, that we will have all of the wood sanded and stained by the end of next weekend. So 4 more days of work.
Then the real sanding will begin. This sanding is not going to be fun. It will involve a lot of paint dust, and fiberglass dust and generally be very nasty as we sand all of the interior liner where it is visible in preparation for painting and of course I keep skirting the issue of sanding the decks, but I really do not think that will be as bad as the interior. At least we will not have to hold the sander above ourselves with everything falling in our faces.
So, we did manage to complete the sanding of the majority of the main salon, there is one small bulkhead left at the nav station, and eventually the table will need to be completed, and the admiral finished a few more cupboard doors and a drawer or two. I ran out of Cetol Natural Teak so we did not get a chance to stain any of it.