View Full Version : Building cabin-top dinghy chocks, photos

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:


With some rough shaping:


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


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:


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):


Getting the placement under the dink worked out:



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:

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

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.