Cleaning the Hull Chrysler c14

Posted: March 13, 2016 in Boat restoration
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We recently purchased a 1976 Chrysler Dagger C14 sailboat that we hope to get on the water this summer.

After bringing the boat home we set it up face down on sawhorses in the garage so we could focus on the hull. Since we bought the boat so cheap we didn’t inspect the hull when we purchased it, so we had no idea of its condition.

We were glad to find out there were no bad spots or holes. There were a couple of dime size blisters but nothing we felt needed to be repaired at this point.

Using 2000 grit sandpaper we wet sanded the hull and then wiped it clean. After using the sandpaper, we went over the entire hull with rubbing compound and a high speed buffer.

We could quickly see the original blue color coming back.

While I would love to have a bigger boat after this process I was glad this boat is only 14 feet long.


Next up…flip it over and see what we need to fix next.


I have always had a interest in sailing. Back in college I got a chance to crew on a small sailboat during a local club race. I fell in love and it has never left me.

After turning 49, I decided to not wait any longer and start making a long time dream come true. The first step would be to buy a small boat and learn the basics. Being short on cash made me decide between putting the dream to rest now or go after it on minimal cash investment.

I found a 1976 Chrysler Dagger on Craigslist for $100. I didn’t think I could get much cheaper than that even though the rudder, daggerboard and sails were missing.  We drove 3 hours to Charleston, SC to pick up the boat.

Let the fun begin!

I brought home an old wooden tool box that belonged to my grandpa. More about that in this previous post. Special Vintage Tool Box

First, I removed all of the old tools and screws and then swept the whole thing out. The first thing I knew that needed to be repaired was the arm that holds the lid open. This is a simple little mechanism that is attached to one side of the box with a screw that slides through the slot as the lid is opened. At the end is a notch that allows the lid to be propped open.


This was working just fine but there was a crack at the one end so I decided to glue and clamp it and then reinstall it.


I wiped the inside and the outside with Murphy’s Oil mixed with water and it cleaned up really nicely.



The next step will be to clean out the tray that sits in the top of the box and reinforce it since it looked like it was starting to pull apart.

Special Vintage Tool Box

Posted: October 18, 2015 in Restoration
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When I was growing up, I remember my grandpa having an old wooden tool box at his house. It was always jam packed with a mixture of old hand tools and some corded power tools. My dad kept the tool box after his dad passed away and I laid claim of it years ago knowing I wanted to pass it on to one of my boys. After visiting with my dad this weekend, I brought the box home ready to bring it back to life.

Vintage Tool Box

Vintage Tool Box

My grandpa built this tool box while he was working at a furniture factory that made desks, tables, file cabinets after WWII. I don’t have an exact date on it but it was probably in the late 1940s.

The dove tailed joints make the box very strong.

Dove tailed joints

Dove tailed joints

Inside, the box has a drawer and some other neat features to keep the tools organized.


The goal on this one is to bring it back into service as a tool box we will continue to use. We will clean it up and repair and reinforce the tray and anything else that needs attention. I hope this tool box has another 70 years of use.

Sandblasting Project Finished

Posted: September 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

I actually finished this project months ago but have finally gotten around to posting about it.

I purposely bought this cobbler stand so I could try out my new sandblaster. The biggest challenge was putting enough slag in the box to keep the flow going. Once I fixed that, the project moved along perfectly.

I cleaned each surface and then simply spray painted them with some paint I had from another project.

These are probably worth more rusty and used looking but that wasn’t my goal.

I will put these on Craigslist and see what I can get for them.

Now I get to look for my next project.

I recently picked up a sandblasting box and wanted to experiment with a simple but unique project.

I found this old cobblers stand in my father-in-law’s warehouse. He wanted $15 for it and I couldn’t pass it up. 

I am not sure what I will do with it once I am finished but this is the perfect canidate for sandblasting. We will blast it down to the bare cast iron and then repaint it.

This was my setup with the blasting box.

The box has a small vacuum to keep the dust down and I am running it off of a 25 gallon tank air compressor. It took a bit of fiddling to get the pressure just right and the amount of slag in the box but once I did I was happy with the results.

Check back to see the final results.

Revisiting an Old Project

Posted: April 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

A couple of years ago I had this idea to make a headboard out of an old 5 panel door. At the time we had a mix and match bedroom set with no real bedframe. I found a local guy who salvages old windows, doors, mantelpieces, etc from houses that are being torn down. So I bought two five panel doors that were over 100 years old.  I took them to a friend with a larger table saw than mine, to get them cut to length and squared up. I spent some time stripping and sanding and then set the project aside.

We later ended up buying a whole bedroom set which left this project obsolete. But today I decided to get it back out and finish what I started!



I cut a 1×4 to length and then rounded the edges using 1/8 rounding bit on my router table.


I matched the 1×4 to the top of the headboard making lines on both at the same time so they would match. I made a horizontal line at each point so my holes would be the same distance from the edge.


I did the same on the marks on the 1×4. I put glue along the top and inserted dowls in the holes and then clamped it to dry.


Once this dries I will add the trim piece along the top. The next part will be to figure out the bottom legs.