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    Because of having to do so many things on this project myself, I decided to get a friend to make a console on his CNC machine. It took him several months to get to it because he's also a busy guy. It is the same guy who cut the pattern for the bow windows. We had to meet a few times to talk about it. The machine is fascinating- it uses puzzle joints and it cuts one thousandths of an inch over. It is fascinating to me but I have weak computer skills.

    A big use for this machine for wooden boat building is making molds from plans. A shop could set up a fairly complex boat in 3 hours by subbing the mold stations to a CNC company. The rest of the boat could then be built conventionally. The molds can be shipped anywhere in the world and take up little space relatively when broken down. The CNC machine is a Shop Bot. My friend and another guy have been using them for many years. He has done other projects for me including a curved ceiling in a 22' room and it always comes out perfect. I really like the exactness. I like working with hand and power tools but the benefit of having something coming out perfect is also really nice. I have to tweak a few things because of the complexity of the console. It cannot cut bevels on the edges. The machine couldn't cut some of the angled dovetails. It did some of them but couldn't make them all. I am showing it before assembly.











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    That's a good friend to have!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment View Post
    That's a good friend to have!
    Yes, it is!

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    The console fully assembled and a test fit. Not showing any close-ups at this time until I get rid of a few imperfections.



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    As I work on the console I realized it would be more difficult to put in the window over it after installation, I decided to put that one in. They are boat windows made by Wynne Enterprises. I used butyl tape or whatever the man. suggested instead of sealant. Very hard to adjust after it makes contact with the cabin.
    If I get caught out in bad weather I think I will be glad I have these windows in the front instead of Home Depot specials like in the rest of the cabin.












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    Looking better and better.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I helped build a light cabin on a poontoon. I suggested we use reclaimed van and RV windows and we did. They worked spectacularly. Unforunately, it limited us on the sizes we could find. From my understanding, boat and RV windows use the same glass and the frames are different but looking at yours I think the boat window frames are better. Only a few of ours had aluminum frames and they were't much more than thin angle bent to shape. Most of the windows had plastic frames. All of them were plastic inside. After a little paint, they all matched and looked good. We sealed them with gray butyl made for RVs and mobile home windows. They never leaked. They survived 15 years on the poontoon before it was sold off.
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    They will make them to the 1/16 th of an inch. They also make RV windows. They are not great quality but pretty good. Certainly good enough for my project.

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    I started building the cabin door. I did not show all of the milling of the lumber.
    It is 1 1/4" thick made of construction lumber from sweden. I used 10 mm Sipo Dominos for the joints. Love those things.



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    Quote Originally Posted by waltwood View Post
    I started building the cabin door. I did not show all of the milling of the lumber.
    It is 1 1/4" thick made of construction lumber from sweden. I used 10 mm Sipo Dominos for the joints. Love those things.


    Nice. What are the panels?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Yes Nick, this is the way I've been building doors for awhile. The bottom panel will be plywood and the top Plexi or Lexan. The top one will be made in a frame and they will both be rabbeted in the door. Nothing fancy.

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    ^ Proper job.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I have filled, sanded and rounded corners.

    Console with a coat of epoxy.



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