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Re: Making Companionway Doors
My thoughts about companionway doors made from drop boards is very straightforward. Glue up the boards, seperate by cutting down the center, attach hinges and mound. Since the drop boards already fit the opening, no other cuts need to be made.
You'll need to cut off the aft edge of the companionway frame so the new doors are free to swing out. You can't swing the doors in and out of the current existing drop board slots. Easily done with a router as long as you've clearance for the base.. a router bit in a drywall trimmer can do the job in tighter spaces.
Gluing the current boards together and cutting them will work, but properly framed doors will look a lot better. If you do glue and cut I'd suggest using splines or biscuits in the joints to beef them up.. but I'm afraid it wouldn't look all that great... (JMO)
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