Re: Embedded Chain plate maint/replacement
FWIW I spent a lot of time discussing the plates and how to fix or re=-install with both Maine Sail and Jeff_H, neither of which is a lightweight when it comes to stuff like this.
Neither of them had knowledge of the shape of the plates prior to today - all I could tell them was that a horizontal band/tab was involved, but no through bolts etc.
Titanium is one of the the things I'm looking at, the could be thinner in all dimensions.
Science has moved on since 1987, I have a LOT more options than "drill through the existing and bolt new ones on the outside" - that's the first and last option according to the Irwin 'expert' - a Mr. Gene Gammon.
I prefer taking advice from someone that does not tell me to leave the possibly rusting old ones in place as backing plates.
I'm still thinking- I might go with a hybrid inner/outer.
I have to rebuild the 'furniture', i.e. book shelves, I do not have to rebuild them they way they were.
Lessons learned are opportunities earned.