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Another winter project almost completed. I made this cockpit table out of a free wood pallet and a $2.03 1.5x1.5 piece of wood for the frame. It's not perfect but looks pretty good if you ask me. The plan is to make the stand out of PVC pipe and flanges which I priced out to be about $15 from Home Depot. This way I'll have the table, leg and base so it all comes apart for easy storage. Need to get the tarp off the boat to measure the height so I can finish it up.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

looks real nice
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Looks good. Does the flange base stay bolted to the cockpit floor? Just wondering what that part is going to look like. Overkill may be to use piano hinges for the table. Post some pictures when you have it in (maybe with some full beers).

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

Haha yeah I was fresh out of beers by the time I got that far! My plan is to find a solid wood base and mount the flange on it. Not fixed to the floor. Then another flange on the underside of the table which will be hidden by the frame. Hopefully I won't have too many issues with the table moving. I have a removable wood cockpit floor that I should be able to secure the base to. I'll have to see how it goes when I get that far.

I'll post the finished product with full beers and snacks when completed.
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Took me a few days to read through this thread and I wanted to say THANK YOU to all the contributors! I'm 45 days from launch and I now have lots of inspiration for some small projects I can do to keep busy until then.
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The boards in the lazarette were falling apart, the plywood was disintegrating but the slats were still good wood.



The engine compartment panel had seen better days.





The door also needed some attention.





This was significantly easier than replacing the veneer, and sturdier too.

Cost: time, and the price of new (cheap exterior grade) plywood for the lazarette.
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New boat cushions are crazy money, found some old caravan cushions, got the kitchen knife out......just got to persuade the wife to cover them now!
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Auto pilot, low battery drain...fully adjustable via wing nut on the underside
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Modern adaptation of the old swing arm...
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Here is a low buck pedestal guard + instrument pod under 100 bucks. I have a spare Raymarine Pathfinder display, so why not put it at the helm? Problem, no instrument pod and no place to put a pod. Solution:
1 - go to an exhaust shop, get them bend a piece of 1" ss tubing for dirt cheap.
3 - get two 1" stanchion bases that will support the guard.
3 - get measurements on the pedestal, draw the drawing in CAD and have a friendly water-jet cutter shop to cut a piece of aluminium that goes between the pedestal and the compass.
4 - from some scrap plywood, create the pod.
5 - measure at least 4 times and drill only once to install the bases and cut the hole in the teak grating. Success!
6 - still to come: paint the pod and install the instrument wiring.
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