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#341  Postby felltoearth » Jan 14, 2020 1:24 am

That’s pretty cool!


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#342  Postby The_Metatron » Jan 14, 2020 1:47 am

felltoearth wrote:That’s pretty cool!


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Thanks.

In its place, there used to be a combination built in range hood, "ventilation" fan, light, and microwave oven. The light wasn't bright enough to be useful. The ventilation fan did little except make noise. All it tried to do was pull air through the screens under the hood and exhaust it through broken louvers across the top of the microwave.

I don't have a vented range hood now, and it works as well as the one I tore out. Looks neater too, I think.
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#343  Postby laklak » Jan 14, 2020 4:43 am

I like it. Good solution.
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#344  Postby The_Metatron » Jan 14, 2020 3:44 pm

laklak wrote:I like it. Good solution.

Thanks. It's nearly as artsy as I get. Plenty of fartsy to go around, though.
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#345  Postby laklak » Jan 22, 2020 6:37 pm

I've got wet rot around the main companionway hatch.

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You can't really see in this picture that the hatch doesn't seal tight enough so over the last 35 years it's rotted out the hatch seating and side panels. Nothing structural, thank Jebus, fiberglass doesn't wet rot easily, but I've got to rebuild the hatch. I found red mahogony stock but now I have to find a shop to do some very small scale custom millwork, because they just do not make dimentionsional lumber in these sizes, let alone out of red mahogony. Then I've got to some up with some sort of better sealing method (not that I'll live long enough for it to rot again, but I like to do things right). I'll need to add hatch dogs to the door and some sort of sealing gasket.

I've been doing a lot of wood refinishing and wiring the last couple of weeks.
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#346  Postby felltoearth » Jan 23, 2020 12:21 pm

Marine architecture and design is definitely not in my wheelhouse. I’ve used marine grade components on exterior work and did some fixture design on a beach front in Kuwait once where salt was an issue but this kind of thing is an entirely different animal.
I’m interested in your methods and works progress though. Keep us in the loop.


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#347  Postby The_Metatron » Jan 23, 2020 2:02 pm

felltoearth wrote:Marine architecture and design is definitely not in my wheelhouse. I’ve used marine grade components on exterior work and did some fixture design on a beach front in Kuwait once where salt was an issue but this kind of thing is an entirely different animal.
I’m interested in your methods and works progress though. Keep us in the loop.


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I don't know, man. That marine stuff rots away in just 35 years. Did you see Lak's floating shack?



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#348  Postby The_Metatron » Jan 23, 2020 2:02 pm

felltoearth wrote:Marine architecture and design is definitely not in my wheelhouse. I’ve used marine grade components on exterior work and did some fixture design on a beach front in Kuwait once where salt was an issue but this kind of thing is an entirely different animal.
I’m interested in your methods and works progress though. Keep us in the loop.


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I don't know, man. That marine stuff rots away in just 35 years. Did you see Lak's floating shack?



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#349  Postby felltoearth » Jan 24, 2020 3:30 am

35 years is gold.


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#350  Postby laklak » Jan 24, 2020 4:50 am

I'll post pics once I get into it, it's a bit more precise than I'm used to doing, never been a finish carpenter. I can frame shit and hang drywall and stuff, but this is more like making furniture.
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#351  Postby laklak » Jan 24, 2020 10:09 pm

Been working on the deck rails. Last time I did them I used a wipe on polyurethane on the advice of my dock neighbor, but it didn't last, within 4 months it was grey and flaky. I stripped and sanded eveything down to bare wood, that's 3 coats of oil-based semi-gloss spar urethane on so far, I think it will need at least another 2 and maybe 3 coats. If she's going up on the hard for 9 months I need something that will last. I think it's looking pretty good. It's taken a couple of weeks, it's been down in the 40s and really humid so it's taking a loooong time for each coat to cure.
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#352  Postby laklak » Jan 24, 2020 10:15 pm

Fuck I love boats.
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#353  Postby felltoearth » Jan 24, 2020 11:59 pm

That joint is gorgeous


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#354  Postby laklak » Jan 25, 2020 1:01 am

Yeah there are several like that in the rail. There's a lot of really nice woodwork.
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#355  Postby Ironclad » Jan 25, 2020 9:28 am

You live on a boat!
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#356  Postby laklak » Jan 25, 2020 5:26 pm

Only part time, about 4 months a year. LIke to do it full time but there's all that other Life Shit.
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#357  Postby OlivierK » Apr 04, 2020 3:12 am

With our COVID-19 lockdown rules including all sports facilities closed and no gatherings of over 2 people now extended from April 30 to June 30 (90 days), all prospects for getting back on the hockey field with only a small delay to the season (due to start today) are toast.

My middle kid, who is a bit of a hockey tragic, is going spare knowing that there's a perfectly good hockey complex down the road with a padlock on the gate that he'd love to be out on. To help him keep up his stick skills, the two of us spent the morning converting a little-used veranda to a hockey warm-up pitch:

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#358  Postby Ironclad » Apr 04, 2020 5:47 am

:lol: that's cool, very inventive.
I started smashing up the kitchen. Breaking things is so satisfying!Image
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#359  Postby OlivierK » Apr 04, 2020 8:24 am

Yeah, we did all the demolition work when we renovated our first house. Very satisfying, especially to see it go back better than before. Just remember that when the satisfaction wears off a little, and you're in a half-demolished house :lol:
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#360  Postby Ironclad » Apr 04, 2020 8:41 am

We now have all the GF ceilings down and ready for a rewire and plumbing. All the wallpaper is stripped too. The kitchen is going to be huge, least by my standards. The UK has closed all the civilian recycling areas so the garden is a trash pile.
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