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Re: Homemade navigation housing

I've used a bit of Starboard lately. I used it to make a panel to cover the holes left by the stone-age Datamarine instruments (no time this spring to glass and paint), as well as using it to make a new face for a used eBay Navpod. It's a really nice material to work with - other than getting white plastic sawdust all over my basement workshop. I respectfully disagree with Faster with respect to cutting. I found that it cut beautifully with a table saw, leaving very clean edges. It sure takes forming with a router nicely.

If you were making a box shape, how would you fasten it together to get a nice result? The material is very hard to fasten to itself, it doesn't really take glue or anything. I understand you can either Ultrasonic or RF (Can't remember which) weld it, but otherwise, how do you make a nice box - esp with the likely 1/4 inch stock?

I may buy a chunk of 1/2 inch to make a cockpit table now. I really like the way it comes out after rounding edges and such.

Bashing about on Lake Ontario and Beyond
"Ariel" '79 Endeavour 32

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