View Full Version : cleat plans/ideas

12-21-2004, 11:36 AM
I'm working on building a serving tray and would like make the handles look like cleats. does anybody have a set of plans or something wich i could scale to my use.



Mike Vogdes
12-21-2004, 12:40 PM
Why not sketch a profile of a cleat on some construction paper, then use it as a template for your handles...

12-21-2004, 07:25 PM
that was what i was planning on doing, i was just looking for something that I could base my scetch off of.


12-21-2004, 08:24 PM
Can you start by drawing two rectangles, one about twice the length of the other, the larger sitting upon the smaller, then begin rounding and smoothing?

Or, go to West Marine or the Woodenboat Store, (or the Duckworks store) and find a picture of a cleat to use as a model?

And, have a great Christmas!

12-21-2004, 08:43 PM
See "The Arts of the Sailor" by Hervey Garrett Smith, page 157. To summarize, his cleat is 8" long, 1 3/8" high from center of base to center top. The base is 3 1/4 inches long, 1 1/4 " wide. The base comes up off the deck about 5/8 inch and then the arms of the cleat extend out and taper to about 1/2 inch thickness. Though the base is 1 1/4 " wide, the arms are a bit narrower, more like 1" and tapering to 7/8" at their tips. Use a rat-tail file and round the base where the arms meet it. This is where the line will bend around the base of the cleat when it is made fast. Lowell P. Thomas

12-21-2004, 08:54 PM

click on "cleat hollow Herreshoff" and "cleat pedestal"; the Herreshoff is probably more approprately shaped for a tray handle.

The Wizard of AZ
12-21-2004, 09:42 PM
The Cheap Pages (http://www.friend.ly.net/~dadadata/boat/matl/cleats.html)

Paul Scheuer
12-21-2004, 10:59 PM
A suggestion -

When making two of anyting, do a little work on each and switch often, so that neither one is the "first" one. The second one will never look as good as the first one. The trick is to distribute the fluidity, creativity, etc. (and errors, however slight) between the two.

The altenative is to make one, then make two more and throw away the first.

Mike Field
12-22-2004, 04:20 AM
Paul's suggestion is a very good one. I can vouch for the accuracy of his claim that otherwise the second won't be as good as the first.

For a couple of further designs, see this page. (http://www.woodenboatfittings.com.au/cleats.htm)

12-23-2004, 11:14 AM
thanks folks,

the horn cleat in the "cheap pages" looks about right, I'll adapt it to my own uses.


Andrew S/Y Rocquette
12-23-2004, 12:35 PM
...or, rather than make three, start with one, cut in half longitudinally, then finish off...