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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Forward Salon Settees Are In!

Cabinetry glued in, screwed in and painted. I wish I had a camera with a wider angle as these pictures really don't do justice.
Looking forward towards the head from the main salon.
This was a big test of patience. While I was careful to get things as close as possible during the dryfit, things went a little wonky during the final install. During the dryfit, I had screwed down the cabinet bits in a few areas to hold things during fitting. In the final install, I REALLY screwed down bits in with epoxy, with five to six screws along each edge. At this point gaps started to show. Almost a sixteenth of an inch, an eighth in one case.
Port side settees
Luckily, I had done the final fit in two phases: horizontals first (seats), then the verticals (backrests). With the horizontals in, I had a chance to do some more shimming and trimming on the backrests to close the gaps and keep things square. Most of the repairs were done out of sight BEHIND the panels. But if you look close enough you will see a couple epoxy fill areas. Though not "perfect", it is not worth "ripping out" and doing over. It will ultimately be covered with cushions and upholstery anyway.

Starboard side settees
Some of the features:
  • Horizontal settee surfaces have locker storage below.
  • Vertical backrest surfaces have locker storage behind. There is a removable floor inside the backrest storage that is tacked in with tapping screws. Remove the screws and floor and you have access to the plumbing runs that go forward.
  • The aft-most backrest panels have double door for easier access to plumbing. Especially the bilge pump discharge seacock on the starboard side.
  • Upper horizontals, towards the hull, have numerous one inch holes for ventilation and possible future wire runs.
  • Cabinet hardware is stainless steel hinges (mortised). The latches are flush positive locking cam latches (currently on order, yet to be installed) 
Behind backrest storage lockers
Doing some post install measurements reveal the settees are pretty close to the original design. The two sides are nearly identically symmetric, (except the one settee edge on the port side approaching the head, which was planned). However, if I were to do it again, I would have cut the locker doors a little bit different, just for aesthetics. But this will all be covered by cushions and upholstery.

Up next for the settees is the bottom kick panel. But that needs to wait on the permanent floor, which is waiting on more sub-floor plumbing work. Lessons learned here will most definitely apply to the aft cabin settee install, which is coming up.


Dani said...

Fantastic! You are really doing a great job.

Anonymous said...

What latches do you use for these? and for the galley cabinets?

robert s said...

Thanks Dani, but you know I have no clue as to what I am doing...

The Incredible Hull said...

Lovely work, if you need cheering up about the odd gap in carpentry visit a production boat (even an expensive one) and see the multitude of sins hidden by liners.

robert s said...

Thanks Gerry, please don't tempt me! I am very comfortable in my own little world! lol.