This is not house related but rather boat related. However with a bit of luck the question is generic enough that it might find an answer here.
I am currently re-bedding the deck hatches of my boat, as they are all leaking. The hatches consist of a square aluminium frame on which the hinges and then the hatch panel are mounted. The alu frame is then mounted on the deck on top of a wooden frame. The frame is epoxy-glued to the deck. The whole assembly (alu frame, wood frame, deck) is then thru-bolted.
The leak happens to be between the wooden frame and the deck. So I am rebuilding new frames using plywood (2x12mm) glued with epoxy.
The problem is, the deck is not flat (of course). I need to trim the thickness of the frame so it sits flush on the deck. I made a template in MDF of the curvature of the deck. I need to remove about 12-15mm of thickness in the center of the frame.
How would you approach that? Sanding? Planing? using a router? a jig-saw?
Many thanks in advance for any advice!
Antoine - Berrimilla 2
What gear have you got at your disposal @Berrimilla? I'd probably just start with a sander and see how I go.
Welcome to Workshop. This looks like a great project. Let me tag some of the other members that have shared boating projects on the site such as @happy and @PeterT to see if they might have some suggestions for you. But as you say, your question might also be able to be answered by other community members, too. We have loads of members sharing helpful advice and inspiration every day.
Great to have you on board! (pardon the pun) We are looking forward to seeing how your project progresses.
- An orbital sander
- A Jigsaw
- An angle grinder with sanding flapdiscs and a sanding disc pad (I'm still waiting for the discs themselves)
- A router
Thanks for the advise @PeterT . I was actually planning to encase the whole assembly (the wooden frame once glued on deck) in fiberglass. Which is gonna be an interesting task in itself So it should be completely water-proofed and leak free for a long while.