Hello everybody. I seldom post here, but I have a problem you may be able to help with. I am finishing up a Pooduck that I have been working on for almost three years. I'm one of those guys that is all thumbs, so this is a major accomplishment for me. Anyway, it became time to build the mast. My brother, who is much more capable with wood, contributed several planks of absolutely gorgeous sitka spruce that had been sitting in his boat shed for at least ten years. A carpenter friend of mine helped me turn out a beautiful bird's mouth hollow mast. The boat is for my daughter, so I wanted the mast to be light enough for her to step.
After much planing and sanding, the mast is almost ready for a finish. I was going to varnish it with about eight coats, and call it good. However, various people are suggesting that I first give it a clear coat of epoxy. This sounds almost like sacrilege. We actually built the mast with Titebond III. Would you first coat it with epoxy? Or would you go straight to that good dutch stuff?
I enjoyed building the Pooduck very much (getting it out of the basement was highly entertaining) but I am sick of epoxy. However, I want to do the right thing. Thanks in advance.