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Thanks again guys-all clear now-good tip on the wear factor too-Chris
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Refinished tiller.

The only thing I had to buy for this project was some low density filler to add to some epoxy. So I spent around $14 just for this project. Sandpaper, varnish, mineral spirits, scraper, were already on hand.

The handle end of my tiller had split apart and varnish had failed so it was not looking very good. I had to remove a couple small dowel rods by the handle, scrape off the old varnish, filled the split with epoxy, then sanded with 80 grit, to 100 and 220. Between coats of varnish, I used 220 to rough it up for the next coat. The varnish I used is Epifanes Gloss Clear that I have used previously on a couple handrails.

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Larger pictures can be found on the write up I did for my blog: Rhapsody: Tiller Time

I really like how it came out. I'm looking forward to how it will look back on the boat this next season.
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Refinished tiller.

The only thing I had to buy for this project was some low density filler to add to some epoxy. So I spent around $14 just for this project. Sandpaper, varnish, mineral spirits, scraper, were already on hand.

I really like how it came out. I'm looking forward to how it will look back on the boat this next season.
NICE JOB!!! LOOKS GREAT.

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I still can't remember if you owe me money , but I like the table, my compliments captain.........
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But I'm pretty sure it you that took the last beer......
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This is my newest "on the cheap" project. I bought a case (10 piece) of outdoor eucalyptus tiles. I had to trim the last two to fit around the base of the tiller. This was the dry fit and they work perfectly. Now I have to trim the tabs off the sides. I paid $50.00 on Amazon. I don't expect that these will last for years and years, but, it beats $500 for a custom made teak sole...
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Here's my second Low Buck project that I completed recently. When I bought the boat it had smoked plexiglass drop boards that really didn't fit the design of a classic boat. So, I purchased some furniture grade plywood and cut them using the old boards as a template. After sanding, staining, and four coats of marine varinish, at a cost of around $30, I had new drop boards!
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Here's my second Low Buck project that I completed recently. When I bought the boat it had smoked plexiglass drop boards that really didn't fit the design of a classic boat. So, I purchased some furniture grade plywood and cut them using the old boards as a template. After sanding, staining, and four coats of marine varinish, at a cost of around $30, I had new drop boards!
Oddly, I did the inverse of that, I made a plexi drop board to allow more light into my old boat. Man, is Plexiglass ever expensive. Yours look great. A word of advice, pay careful attention to the edges of the plywood. If the finish gets worn enough to allow moisture in, your plywood will delaminate. You may want to put a fresh coat on the edges each year. For more protection, you could remove the varnish on the edge and do a coat of epoxy, then cover with varnish. It will then be much more impervious.
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Oddly, I did the inverse of that, I made a plexi drop board to allow more light into my old boat. Man, is Plexiglass ever expensive. Yours look great. A word of advice, pay careful attention to the edges of the plywood. If the finish gets worn enough to allow moisture in, your plywood will delaminate. You may want to put a fresh coat on the edges each year. For more protection, you could remove the varnish on the edge and do a coat of epoxy, then cover with varnish. It will then be much more impervious.
I'll definitely keep that in mind. Of course, I could have bought marine grade plywood with a teak veneer, but then that would not have qualified as "Low Bucks"!
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

The best treatment for "outdoor" edges on ply is to trim them back a smidge and edge them with solid hardwood.

Makes a much better "running" surface for them to slide on as well.
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