November 22, 2009:
Unfortunately, I do not get to write so much right now, but the work in the tent is progressing - slowly but steadily.
I have now finished the oil treatment and staining. It took approx. 15 layers of oil before the wood was saturated, but in some places, some extra layers were needed. I have also oil-treated the Masonite on the roofs, and one would think that oil-cured Masonite would not draw oil, but that is not the case at all, on the contrary. I had to apply more than 20 layers to saturate the plates.
I am now well on my way to varnishing the inside of the wheelhouse, and it is a major piece of work. It takes approx. 6 hours for each layer of Epifanes, and the sanding between the layers takes the same amount of time. So it will take a while before I get it finished - I just finished the 4th layer and I reckon 6 layers will be enough on the inside.