Mobil Transom Bar

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Project by Mikee posted 08-09-2012 07:02 PM 10233 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The South Shore Yacht Club which I’m a member of asked me if I could help them out by building a mobil bar that looks like an older boat transom, so I did for a cost just under $1500.00. I used Honduras Mahogany on the front and plywood on the sides which I applied as Lapstrake (an overlapping of wood that was used in much of the 60’s)

-- Mike

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 07:07 PM

Excellent work. Looks great.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 07:19 PM

Nice work. Looks great. No wonder yachts are so spendy if you only get the back end for $1500 without any labor ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 07:50 PM

Thanks for your comments,

Your right, no profit from labor for me. Although they have for past work given me a 100 dollar gift certificate which is nice.

It’s all about giving of yourself when in an organization you appreciate.


PS I just might get a free cocktail once in awhile too :-)

-- Mike

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 08:28 PM

Very nice job, mikee! Congratulation.

What kind of finish did you use?

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 08:49 PM

Got beer?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 11:20 PM

The finish I used on the mahogany was Captains Choice Spar Varnish. I sprayed it on with my HVLP system which worked fine but it went on so thin that I gave up and brushed it on. Sometimes just a good brush does the job.


-- Mike

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#7 posted 08-10-2012 01:57 AM

That’s one very cool bar ,great job.

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#8 posted 08-10-2012 02:11 AM

wow… Gorgeous!

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#9 posted 08-10-2012 04:36 AM

almost looks like the back of my old chris craft….great job

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#10 posted 08-10-2012 12:42 PM

Cool nautical motif. Nice job.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#11 posted 08-10-2012 05:11 PM

Wow this is amazing, I love it. Great job on this my boating buddys would love this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 11-16-2012 01:49 PM

MIkee – just joined and am amazed by this, have been looking to do something like this and frankly (unfortunately) am not as talented. Any interest in doing another?

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#13 posted 11-16-2012 04:36 PM

As stated above, the material costs were around $1500. So to build a similar bar where I’d need to be paid for my labor would run between $4500 and $5000. Just so you know, the time on this build was a full 2 months, plus the time spent finding all the trim, exhaust ports, cleats, bilge ports, bang rails, ice bin, etc… the easiest would be picking out the Honduras Mahogany and getting it re-sawn. Not that it can’t be done again!

Also, and I think a lot of others would agree with me when I say, building something out of wood is rewarding, but when you have to rebuild an item it takes away from the creative feel and turns it into more of a job. An example is my girlfriends mother which is an artist and I made her one cutting board (see pic) and before I knew it I was making 20 to the darn things. I finally told her I wasn’t making any money just to get out of production.

Anyway, you don’t realize the talent you have until you just give it a try and figure it out as you go.

By the way, Welcome to Lumber Jocks…


-- Mike

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#14 posted 11-09-2013 06:50 PM

This is awesome. Where did you find the boat hardware? The corner brackets? I want to try and make one. Any advice?

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