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    I filled the hinge recessed with thickened epoxy...

    I filled the hinge recessed with thickened epoxy and let that cure. Then went back with the router and jig to make them flush with the table. First round I used pencil marks to center the jig. It...
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    Thank you, Don! That link you provided is the...

    Thank you, Don! That link you provided is the most comprehensive test I have ever seen. Since moving to Florida, rust has really become an issue.

    It would be interesting to see how top rust...
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    I built the hull for a 1:35 model J class. From...

    I built the hull for a 1:35 model J class. From bow to stern is about 42" long. The kit came with "frames" made from plywood. To that I glued thin strips running bow to stern. Over that I glued...
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    The first set of hinges I bought were stainless...

    The first set of hinges I bought were stainless steel butler hinges I got from Defender. Quality control on those hinges was even worse.

    Three of the hinges from Edson are pretty much identical...
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    It's one screw and only for tapping. Full thread...

    It's one screw and only for tapping. Full thread screws will be inserted afterward.
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    To fill some voids in a slab with translucent...

    To fill some voids in a slab with translucent blue epoxy, I used TransTint dye. The first test was so dark you couldn't see through it. You can make it as dark or translucent as you want.
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    Using epoxy full strength for the final epoxy...

    Using epoxy full strength for the final epoxy coat left some streaks. West System epoxy is very different than other epoxies I've used. Rather than trying to fill the low spots I decided to take...
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    When we bought the boat it was on the hard. We...

    When we bought the boat it was on the hard. We met some "residents" - those who lived on their boats in the yard, planning one day to launch when the boat was finished. One couple started with a...
  9. I would recommend finishing before, at least the...

    I would recommend finishing before, at least the areas difficult to reach. When we bought our house the previous owner left a couple of Adirondack chairs. Both had some level of rot, especially...
  10. I have been using the same stone for years and...

    I have been using the same stone for years and have found no reason to use anything else.
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    Clark, I found this video after the initial...

    Clark, I found this video after the initial bubble problem. The successive coats I've applied have used the techniques shown in the video with one exception - I used a foam brush instead of the...
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    This is off the Edson website. The table in the...

    This is off the Edson website. The table in the pictures is using the same hardware I am. I pretty sure there are no additional supports.
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    Mock up for the hinges: I made a routing...

    Mock up for the hinges:

    I made a routing template for the Edson hinges and routed a little deeper for the epoxy. Then I placed the hinge on and drilled into the wood for the screw holes. I took...
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    I used the same cherry on a backsplash for a...

    I used the same cherry on a backsplash for a cabinet bar. It never sees direct sunlight but still has darkened a lot. The dark wood on the bar top is bubinga....
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    Thank you, Jim! This experiment with using...

    Thank you, Jim! This experiment with using cherry and padauk for the cockpit table just might work.
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    Some changes with the next coats - use slow...

    Some changes with the next coats - use slow hardener; stir very slowly for a couple of minutes to avoid air bubbles; run the brush slowly across the surface.

    Air bubbles - No matter how careful...
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    Jim, I have used CA glue for all the fret dots...

    Jim, I have used CA glue for all the fret dots I've installed. No problems at all.
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    All holes will be drilled larger than needed then...

    All holes will be drilled larger than needed then filled with full strength epoxy. I have to look into mixing in some collodial silica to see if it adds strength. Where the table hinges go, I am...
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    The African mahogany rails were pretty blah when...

    The African mahogany rails were pretty blah when I tested them with epoxy. Padauk won the contest for what would replace it. I have a piece of padauk that has retained the red really well so we'll...
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    The hardware is from Edson....

    The hardware is from Edson.
    https://cdn10.bigcommerce.com/s-a3x5y9g98l/products/520/images/4525/Dropleaf-Table-Hardware-KitSM__06986.1554817032.1280.1280.jpg?c=2

    For the finish I'm using...
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    Cherry Cockpit Table

    Yes, it's a little crazy but I have this figured cherry and the boat needs a new cockpit table and...

    Took the old pedestal and set it up with the table hardware and a piece of plywood to get...
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    We went through the Okeechobee Waterway. I often...

    We went through the Okeechobee Waterway. I often referred to it as a slog. But occasionally it was pretty interesting. And three times it was kinda scary.

    We left Stuart late because I had to...
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    Installing a Thru-Hull

    Last weekend I drilled a hole in the bottom of the new-old boat for a 3/4" water inlet. When it came to a backing plate/block, I was unsure how to proceed. A couple of guys in the boatyard built...
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    I wish! Looks like May 5 is blast off from Cape...

    I wish! Looks like May 5 is blast off from Cape Canaveral. Except we'll be going a bit slower.
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    I love watching this stuff! I could waste an...

    I love watching this stuff! I could waste an entire day, and almost did before I shook myself from the trance.

    Thanks for sharing, Rob!
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