Restoring a Ship's Binnacle and I need assistance

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Forum topic by kcroyals22 posted 05-21-2016 12:38 PM 948 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2016 12:38 PM

I am trying to restore a small ship’s binnacle and am almost at completion. I am at a point beyond my skill level. I have a square base for it, but there is a transition piece of moulding that I will need. It is very similar to the moulding you see on round columns. Any one good at this task??

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#1 posted 05-21-2016 01:42 PM

Turn it with a lathe.

If you don’t have a lathe, find a friend who has one and get them to do it…


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#2 posted 05-21-2016 01:49 PM


Or it sounds like a good reason to buy one

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#3 posted 05-21-2016 02:18 PM

Looks like a disk with a routed edge.
Glue up a blank, cut it round, rout the edge.
If it’s a molding, cut out the center to make it a ring instead of a disk.

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#4 posted 05-21-2016 02:21 PM

What’s the diameter? ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 05-21-2016 02:31 PM

Good opportunity to increase your skill levels.

Practice on scraps and have fun.

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#6 posted 05-21-2016 03:06 PM

Nubsnstubs the diameter of the column is 11 1/2”

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#7 posted 05-21-2016 04:27 PM

I’m thinking you need to contact “shipwright”. He’s probably the most knowledgeable boat guy here.

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#8 posted 05-21-2016 04:33 PM

What waho6o9 posted is ok if you’re rich. here’s what you do if you’re poor like me. Get a piece of 1/4” ply, mdf core sheet, or if you a few dollars to spend, a piece of 1/4” clear poly carbonate. Use the removed router plate and use it to mark and drill holes to fit the router base. Attach it to your router base, and find the center point. Mark out from there 5 3/4”. Get your piece of wood, find center, and screw the base to the wood with your bit retracted. Turn the router around the pice to see if you are on the 11 1/2” circle you drew earlier on. If it’s on the line, lower the bit with the router turned on, and do about a 1/4” deep cut. Check the diameter and if it’s ok, go ahead and finish with about 2-3 more passes.
If it’s too small, or too large, adjust by setting another hole near the first hole in the plate to compensate for the difference. Centering it doesn’t matter on the trammel you made. Have fun.

Is this a ring, or is it a round depression with a square base?............ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#9 posted 05-21-2016 07:04 PM

Get a piece of hardwood, mount it on the lathe. Turn the profile, then make the inside cut. The “scrap” piece will be your ring.

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#10 posted 05-22-2016 01:20 AM

Nubs has a great economical one off solution!

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#11 posted 05-24-2016 04:06 AM

That piece is not a ring on the one I rebuild, but a solid piece made out of two boards.

The square base on mine is about 17” and the round piece is about 16”, on top of that is a 12 sided (IIRC) piece where the outside of the body/column is screwed to.

The best way IMO is to get a couple of boards glued up and then sawn round, then turned on a lathe with the profile you would like.

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