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Re: Where to buy plexiglass for drop boards?

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Makes perfect sense.

But with the solution I am thinking of now, I won't be cutting any plastics. The board will be constructed AROUND the transparent plastic. So all I will cut is plywood.
By the time you cut the plywood, buy the acrylic, buy the parts and glue to mount a frame to fit the acrylic. You still might be easier having the plastic shop make you a board. I'd do a 3/8" acrylic sheet and double up the edges where it fits into the hatches groove to make 3/4" thick in that part.

If you want to save money use a router with a pattening bit to trace your current hatch board to make it yourself.

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Re: Where to buy plexiglass for drop boards?

Here is a pic of the plexi drop boards I made recently. Dead simple to make, especially if you have an existing one to use as a router template (I didn't). Just stick the old one to the plexi with double sided tape and trim the plexi with a bearing guided flush trim bit in a router.

After they are cut, sand the edges to 240 or so and then play a propane torch over the edges to make them nice & smooth & shiny.
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Re: Where to buy plexiglass for drop boards?

Epoxy, fwiw, as a rule does not bond to acrylics and WILL let go at the least opportune time. Some special epoxies are supposed to be compounded to bond to them--but unless the package guarantees that it will, expect that it won't for very long.
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Re: Where to buy plexiglass for drop boards?

Originally Posted by MastUndSchotbruch View Post
I have my chart plotter mounted on a swivel arm inside the cabin so I can see it both inside and out. Except, when the dropboards (teak) are in, I am flying blind. So I had the idea of replacing one of the boards with plexiglass.
This is slightly off topic, but I also installed a chart plotter at the nav station. The chart plotter is set up to use WiFi to display on an iPad that is in the cockpit. I can control the chart plotter remotely using an app on the cell phone. Works really well. No need to see the chart plotter on the nav station while in the cockpit.
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