Day 376 My desk & fwd. breaker panel
Above is the sliding door frame I made yesterday, in place with, yes, another sliding door frame in it. I routed in the already thin (1/4") frames so they would fit the 1/8" track. I then found that the track is actually thinner yet on the other side. Must be just poor manufacturing as I can't think of a reason why this would be so! I stopped at this frame because I am now thinking that perhaps some 1/8" Lexan might be a better way to go.

cone stone
"The shape" of things to come

  The cool little aluminum Nintendo gameboy boxes shown ( I have many, Princess Auto Parts @ 2.99 each) are great for storing chips, and other electronic parts. There isn't enough room for storing the larger parts trays so they'll be going elsewhere.
At last I can begin framing the under deck lockers that will sit on top of the desk. I divined up a nice shape and tested it out (photo left). Because of the deck camber it needed top be cut at full length, then sliced down to the angle for a tight fit. ( My method that seems to work well!)

You may have noticed that I started with the face frame in this case, as opposed to Gena making the ply part of the galley cupboards first. I'm not really sure why, but when dealing with all of these angles, it seems to be best to get something to start at a right angle (90) first, then build off of that.

The photo to the left shows it in place. The inside edge has been routed in to accept  some 1/2" ply so the inside of the cupboard is flush- easier to mount a shelf in.

The next part of this area is the radio panel and another cupboard on the opposite end of the desk.
 During some spare time in the evening I attempted to make the frame for the face of the little "cubby-hole" next to the foot locker. I always thought I could just steam the oak, then bend it into a circle as I have done before. The problem was, every time I tried bending, I could only get down to about a foot circle and then it would start splintering outward.

Finally after 3 tries, I decided to just carefully cut it out from a chunk of scrap 1" oak board, and then route in the inset shelf so it can hide the (sure to be) rough  edges of the hole. It's about 9" high. Perfect! Better than rough plywood edges, especially with the grade of ply in the stores these days!


We have decided to coal-tar the sail locker door frame before the wood is mounted finally. Unfortunately it will take a long time to harden as the steel is conducting the cold from outside (about -10C).

She ran the wiring into my desk at the above frame which will house, amongst other things, the forwad area breaker panel. She finished off and mounted the breakers at work. Each "cct" circuit has a number that coresponds to the circuit in our "growing in complexity" boat schematic.

Gena cuts hole for breakers at work
Some of the circuits include the fans overhead, the door fan, the lights overhead, the reading light over the berth, the relay power for the search light, the forward junction for the sail locker lighting, my test bench equipment, the ham radio, the WxSat receiver, the scanner, my music studio stuff, and the PC tablet. Have I forgotten anything? probably!

These breakers are nice as they fit together and don't require a special "rack" mount. The large 1/4" copper plate is for all of the grounds. The cable from the battery box is 4 gauge. Wow! My desk is  wired for sound/lights/fun!


Day 376:
6 hours: finished under desk locker, started top of desk lockers. Wired to desk panel, to berth etc, made breaker panel

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