Just a boat seat job this week

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Project by robscastle posted 09-11-2012 08:59 PM 1098 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend bought a boat and we sailed it back from Tweed Heads to Brisbane a couple of weeks ago.
He found the cockpit seat had some rot in it and asked me to replace one of the braces.
Well it was so bad a rebuild was in order.
Guess what material he wanted to use, that sleeper I made the pew ends out of some time ago.

So the saga begins again, from the raw material I cut enough to make the seat completely
So out comes just about every tool I own to do the job
Into the table saw for rough sawn stock
Into the jointer to flatten and square two sides
Into the thicknesser to produce all one thickness
Into the table saw for parallel finish

Then into a bench jig to ensure every part remained an exact copy
All went well even with one brace missing

Into the bandsaw for the cutouts on the ends and middle
Into the shaper for profiling
Into the drill for predrilling and countersinking
then Back into the jig for assembly
Had to replace all the brass screws that were breaking with stainless steel as the timber was so hard.
Its then back to the boat for a fit-up test, carry out any adjustments that may be required and then marine varnish.

Job complete, took me all day, then later a friend passed by and asked why I didn’t just buy some new timber already prepared?

Not what the customer wanted I replied, he then raised his eyebrows and said a lot of effort but very good work.

Now the best part of all is that there is no more sleeper material left. ooh rah

It was a challenging job using all my tools (and skills) in one activity and I enjoyed doing it, kept me busy just about all day, I guess the first Pew run removed any concern that it could be done.



-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 09-14-2012 10:37 PM

I’m sorry, what kind of wood was that?

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 04:05 AM

The Timber, and its only a guess is either yellow box or stringy bark.
I can say for sure that it is not Jarrah, as Jarrah is the redish piece in the stack.

Very Hard and very heavy, in mass.

It was surprisingly easy to cut and dress considering its original dimensions
A P.S. the fit-up went OK and no adjustments were required.

-- Regards Rob

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