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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Some great stuff from some new contributors! Thanks for the input, folks!
Hey, TOS, nice blog. You link this thread, on your "best of the rest" page, but don't link my blog? Why, I oughtta...
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You oughtta...say something, which you did, so it's done! I think I visited your blog briefly recently and clicked through to another but hadn't yet come back to explore yours more. Good writing! I need to spend some more time there. How much traffic do you get? Keep it up.

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Re: Low buck chartplotter!

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Ok, the low-buck project is really just a wooden tablet holder that turns my tablet into a chartplotter (EarthNC marine charts works really well on Android).

For about $20 in red oak from Lowes/HD you can make this:
1) 4' length of nominal 1x2 for the "L" brackets (or 1x3 if your tablet has a thick case around it)
2) 2' length of actual 0.5" x 6"

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1. measure and cut the back plate, I made mine 1/8" longer than the longest dimension of the tablet - this allows it to slide in and out handily and yet be snug enough not to fall out unexpectedly. For the other dimension I made mine 3/4 higher than the tablet width.
2. Using a router table or table saw, turn the 1x2 into an L-bracket. Cut out a depth of 3/8" (approx half the 1x2 depth), up to 3/8" from the edge.
3. Cut that L bracket into 3 pieces, to fit the sides and bottom of the backplate.
4. Using Titebond III wood glue, glue and clamp the longest piece to the backplate. Make sure the L bracket forms a retaining lip in front of the plate.
5. After that has dried for 12+ hours, clamp and glue the side L brackets forming a retaining lip around 3 sides of the backplate.
6. Drill holes through the side to allow the charging cable to reach the tablet
7. Using forstner bits, drill a "keyhole" to securely hang the holder on a screw mounted in the bulkhead.
8. Sand and varnish.

If you have any questions let me know.
Beautiful work! I hope it holds up. Red oak is not the best choice for a marine environment. I learned a little about the different wood types when I redid my cabin table.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Not sure why I haven't seen them before:

$15 for white PVC pipes to cover turnbuckles.
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Beautiful work! I hope it holds up. Red oak is not the best choice for a marine environment. I learned a little about the different wood types when I redid my cabin table.
Thank you! Yeah, red oak is exceedingly porous and therefore not a great marine lumber. You can actually blow air throw 1" of endgrain wood.. For this tablet holder project though, you could even use pine. I like the red oak b/c it is a cheap and available hardwood.

As long as it is varnished, it will work fine. I made one very similar for my phone a year ago - it still looks good after a year of use. It only gets use while sailing, I put it down below when I'm in the slip.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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In this forum, we've seen big projects on small boats and small projects on big boats- let's see the cheap projects! Show us what you have done on your boat on a budget.
Here's the rules:

1) Gotta be under $100 US, or equivalent currency.

2) You must have done it yourself. Although, if you found someone to work on your boat for less than $100, feel free to post contact info.

3) bonus points will be given for elegance and ingenuity


Here's one of mine:

I needed a cockpit table. Well, I, personally, didn't need a cockpit table, but the admiral did, and I need a warm place to sleep, so you can see how the stars aligned on this one. I sussed out commercially available, marine priced cockpit tables and promptly gagged. So, I thought to myself, "self, you could make it yourself for a lot less." One problem. Well, four actually. I have limited woodworking skills, limited woodworking tools, and limited time. oh yeah, and I am cheap.
So, I went to plan "c".

I spent some time eyeballing the cockpit in question:

Then I moseyed into action. I bought one of these for $29.99


A frenzy of measuring, remeasuring, cutting, screwing, drinking, varnishing, etc. later, and this is how it finished up:




Let's see yours.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Just completed the classic companionway hatch repair using masking tape. Total cost about $3 in materials and a couple of hours.

For the whole story on stopping the screeching, see the latest post in my blog.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

New cover for the hatch made with sunbrella. I used somewhere between one and two yards.

It was about 20 bucks per yard + 2 bucks for the tread (both from sailrite) and 4 snap buttons (~10$). With the leftover from the cutout I made a winch cover and have enough for another one.

Made with a singer 503 sewing machine



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Quick saturday afternoon project to use up some scrap in the workshop. An old bed tray had been gathering dust on a shelf, waiting to be re-used or burnt. Something that had been in the back of my head was a portable nav/station/lapdesk. So, take one old bed tray table....

strip off the hardware, add some teak scraps from donorboat and some mahogany ply scrap, and...
some stowage for nav tools, a pad of paper, pencils, and an e-reader under the lid...
and room for a laptop and mouse, or quarter folded charts on top.
3 hours total time, zero cost.
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Considering how much I use my computer while sitting in bed, on the floor, couch or where ever, I could probably use something like that. Looks pretty good.
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