We've grown tired of the routine:
"Hey, where's the ketchup?"
"Under the dodger"
"Under the dodger, by the speaker. Oh, wait, no I wedged it in the winch holder, I didn't want to loose it. Here you go."
Building a cockpit table has been on our winter project list since the beginning. I was beginning to doubt whether or not it would get done before launching the boat, but in his normal fashion, Ron was able use a few days off to whip one out. The hardest part of the project has been finding a couple of hardware pieces that we needed.
|Remember this steal we got for $40?|
After considering various wood materials to make the table Ron, with consultation from Bob the master woodworker, decided to go with white oak, a very hard and durable wood. We had also been eyeing some inlay designs online to put in the table for a bit of decoration and pizzazz and the white oak would give us the great contrast between the two that we were looking for.
Ron came home one day with some thin little pieces of wood, a cocky grin and proceeded to cut, sand, shape and glue the tiny pieces both in the basement (okay) and on the dining room table (less okay). As it turns out, that day Bob had told Ron that he probably couldn't make the inlay himself without it being a huge pain in the rear and that we'd be better off just buying one online....you know, like we were planning on doing. Change of plans. Ronnie's making this inlay and we're going to use it even if it turns out looking like a Picasso. It took him around 6 hours over two days to complete. Not too bad. I think I need to try this trick with getting him to clean up after himself at home. Clearly, it's effective.
|Putting a few more dings in the table|
|The inlay is a maple and walnut compass rose in a mahogany background|
|One of a kind!|
|Stained with Minwax Red Chesnut|
|It fits!! We just have to attach the fold-outs|
|Sealing with Cetol Gloss|
Have I said how much I love love love how it turned out?!?
Now we just need to alter the pedestal cover to account for the table and the chart plotter we don't yet have. That should be fun!
And I'm thinking I have to do a 'winter project tie up' post this spring so you can actually see all the stuff we've made for the boat actually on the boat. Won't that be a gas?!?