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Re: Islander 34 Companionway Door

This need not be complicated project.. but it can vary. Are you envisioning an opening, hinged 'door' or the more common drop board style of closure?

We've done both types.. drop boards, screened drop boards for summertime, but years ago made a set of hinged, louvered doors for our Viking 28. It was quite a project, luckily teak was less costly and more available then. Close on 30 years ago now and I think the door's still in place but it's been a couple of years since I've seen the boat. I milled the louvers on a table saw, bought 'lift off' hinges so that the doors could be put away while sailing. It turned out pretty nice.

Drop boards nowadays are often acrylic to let more light in. Starboard is another material you might consider for that job. It machines quite nicely on a table saw and with a router, and can be bought with an attractive pebbled finish - in a variety of colours now too.
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