SailNet Community banner
1 - 1 of 1 Posts

· Member
2,447 Posts
Reaction score
Colsen, here are a couple of things to consider.

Materials: Consider cherry over teak. Cherry is a beautiful, warm toned, strong, stable wood. It will darken slightly with age (though you can give it a "tan" to accelerate the process and ensure uniform color throughout the interior).

Cherry plywood is MUCH less than teak plywood and cherry veneer is readily available. Cherry itself is MUCH less than teak. Buying from a local wholesaler I pay around $3-$4 a board foot for cherry, $25 a board foot for teak isn't unusual.

Folks like Tartan and Sabre use cherry for their interiors now so you're in good company and you're reducing the cost of materials by 85% :D

An old trick for laying out curved surfaces. Rip some 3/16 luan plywood down into strips an inch or so wide, and rip some 3/4 pine into 3/4 square strips. Take it all down to the boat with a handsaw and a hot glue gun. Establish a straight line (like a cabinet edge) with the 3/4 pine. Hot glue a strip of luan from that straight edge back to the hull and cut off the excess. Do the same as your work along the length of the cabinet gluing on strips to follow the curve of the hull. Pretty soon you'll have the outline of your cabinet in 3D. Don't worry about measuring, use the strips to figure out what actually fits the space. If you don't like the results throw it out and start over.

When you have the outline you want take it back to your workshop and build the cabinet out of clear, knot free 3/4 pine. This will let you work out the joints and attachment points. If there are two ways to do it and you're not sure which is better build it both ways and take both to the boat. Test fit the pine piece. You'll need to fine tune it to fit. A block plane, rasp and scroll saw are good tools for fine tuning. Take your time and don't be afraid to redo your mock ups. You're not on the clock. Beer helps this process.

When you've worked out all the bugs take the completed mock up back to your shop and build the finished piece out of cherry, teak or whatever wood you decided to use for the interior. It's always better to make your mistakes (and you will make mistakes) in pine rather than an expensive finish wood.

Good luck, this can be a really fun project if you're not in a hurry.
  • Like
Reactions: colsen
1 - 1 of 1 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.