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bott
06-17-2010, 10:45 AM
I am well on my way to finishing this project.

Here are the bits I cut from some leftover oak:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4708368364_4fa41c270f.jpg

With some rough shaping:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4708368932_27a6636f19.jpg

After some quality time with the band saw and free-standing belt sander:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4707726119_54524a820d.jpg

bott
06-17-2010, 10:51 AM
I ended up making my own stainless brackets, as store-bought stainless 90-deg brackets would have cost ~$80 total. These were $12 for all 8 I bought. Just some cleaning up on the bench grinder and drilling on the press for 1/4" fasteners. They are not nearly as pretty, but I like the "hand finished, imperfect" look. Its fitting with the aesthetic of the boat.

I numbered each bracket and each marked hole, to account for any individual eccentricity of the fastener holes:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4707726379_8d4e30e881.jpg

And test fitting the brackets, pre goop. I made 8 brackets, 6 for the aft ones seen here and 2 to hold up the single chock up front (to be made yet):

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/4707726815_64cfcdb959.jpg

Getting the placement under the dink worked out:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1289/4708370734_ff1974b7e6.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4708370868_3a7317a34d.jpg

I may end up cutting the notch of the chocks a bit deeper to have more grab on the dink.

Now just comes the final, wrenching portion of putting the drill to the cabin top! :eek:

the_gr8t_waldo
06-17-2010, 07:50 PM
nice idea!. i would suggest that you incorporate some way to lash down the dink

bott
06-18-2010, 11:11 AM
nice idea!. i would suggest that you incorporate some way to lash down the dink

Indeed. I plan on either fastening cleats to the aft faces or possibly passing a piece of 1/4" Si Bronze rod (which I have laying around) through near the edge for a belay point. Make something like a norman pin on a cats head.