July 12, 2013 3:38 pm
Hints and tips on making a small table for a small yacht. Covering useful idea’s for integrated cable management, wood staining, wood finishing using varnish plus steaming plywood into a tight radius all on a micro budget.
As is usually the case when coming up with idea’s for furniture on a small yacht there is more than a handful of conflicting requirements.
The drive for this table was the requirement to improve my hobby space, some where I could do electronics stuff without having to get everything out, do what I could, and pack it all away.
The space available is what is in effect the infill between the two berths in the f’csel. This defines the triangular shape of the table. As Hajra is a Junk Rig, the mast is keel stepped and runs through this area. This is why there is a horse shoe shaped cut out at the apex of the triangle. This aperture is ripe for things dropping down so I determined a fiddle fitted here would be a useful feature. This required steaming some plywood to create the fiddle. There already exists a vertical panel forming the support for the one permanent berth in this area which is caped off using 12mm wood. This defines the level that I need to attain for a flush surface.
The support for the table required a little thought as there exists fixings, the existing berth trotter box, only on one side. Therefore I required something underneath the table to provide the support that I would not find digging into my knees. There was a further issue of cables that run through this area to a flat panel computer screen. To end up with a neat installation these cables needed to be handled.
Further the installation is not expected to be permanent on a ‘forever’ basis leading to considerations that a solution should have the minimum number of holes drilled in places to make good the fixings.
On top of this on a personal perspective I have always tended to go out and buy bits of wood while scrap wood lays around the yard. This time I would use some ‘reclaimed wood’ which means some junk plywood that was littering the boat yard.
I chose a piece offered to me by a small cabin cruiser that was being launched. It was an obnoxious looking piece of scrap with no straight edges and 18mm thick. Just the sort of thing that I would turn my nose up to.
Work in progress. The offcut is what the wood looked like in the beginning
The result is something I feel quite pleased with. So learn from my experience, come on the journey with me, and see what you could do better on yours.