Cupid, who has otherwise proven himself useless over the last few years, has delivered quite a few gifts to my little boat shop.
There was the massive 2" thick x 8" wide, and roughly 9' 6" long board of mahogany. This is destined to be the keel and a few other parts.
There's the NFB rotary helm and bezel, as well as a Faria Euro Beige fuel gauge, to add to the dash hardware.
And, in order to make something of that huge mahogany board, there's the new table saw.
|Faria Euro Beige fuel gauge, NFB Safe-T II rotary helm, and 90° bezel.|
|Look at this mess. Seriously... I just bought this yesterday. Yes, I DID use the proper blade guards. Here, they are removed in preparation for re-sawing the 4" wide keel.|
|The big chunk on the left is the current state of the keel... still a full 2" thick. The 2 stacked pieces on the right are 2-1/4" x 1" floor battens. The leftover piece in the middle is waiting to serve a purpose.|
So far, I have ripped the 8" wide board into 2 4" wide sections. One of these sections will become the keel. The Zip requires a 12' long x 1" thick keel, and this board is only 9' 6" long. My plan is to re-saw it into 3 strips, and butt-join & laminate pieces cut from that in order to obtain the full 12 feet.
The second 4" wide section had some problem areas along one edge, so I ripped that again into a 2-1/4" wide section + the leftover side. Then I re-sawed the 2-1/4" wide x 2" thick section into two 1" thick strips. These will be 2 of the 6 planned floor battens.