Drawers for sport fishing boat

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Project by sugarpine posted 04-12-2015 01:58 PM 1140 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been few years since I’ve worked on boats. I took on this job because the customer was able to bring this fiberglass pedestal to me. The pedestal has a swivel chair mounted on the top when it’s on the boat. Originally it had two doors. They looked nice but neatly storing anything was haphazard at best. The first step was to built out the interior walls to provide battens to install the stainless steel drawer slides. They were made of teak and epoxied and screwed in place from the outside with stainless steel oval head screws and finish washers. They were somewhat challenging because the sides were slanted. Rockler’s 3-in-1 Bar Gauge was invaluable in making sure the battens were perfectly parallel to each other. The drawer box fronts had to be slanted to match the angle of the pedestal. I finished the baltic birch drawer boxes with four coats of Exterior 450 and the teak drawer fronts with six coats of Outdoor Oil, both products from General Finishes. After this photo was taken, I installed stainless steel draw bolts to keep the drawers secure in heavy seas. They somewhat detracted from the clean look of the project but were a necessary evil.

-- sugarpine

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#1 posted 04-12-2015 02:29 PM

Great job, i can’t imagine the difficulty of making sure everything lines up. I own a boat and something liked this would be extremely useful although way above my ability. Thank you for posting, this is a great project and i bet the client is really happy!

-- What I lack in skill, I make up for in putty.

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#2 posted 04-12-2015 02:53 PM

Very Nice I echo the above posters views I cannot imagine getting things lined up For I am sure the fiberglass
molded stand was not anywhere close to true?
Nice work

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#3 posted 04-13-2015 01:51 AM

Nice conversion from doors to drawers. Looks great. I can see where the slants would add a great deal to the thought process. I like the Teak drawer faces too.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 11:46 PM

Nice Job,

Drawers on a boat, good Idea.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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