Lift Handle for Sailboat gangway.

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Project by Luke posted 06-24-2011 02:17 AM 1832 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My dad’s sailboat has a Plexiglass door that slides into a track which allows access to below deck. Recently his handle broke off (aluminum) and he asked if I could make a new one out of wood. His idea was to mimic the original handle a simple “L” Shaped design.

I used Honduras Mahogany (purchased at Rockler). My original intent was to use Teak but Rockler had this on sale and Teak is so darn expensive, and oily.

I decided to carve the name of his boat “Puff” (like wind, not the Magic Dragon, haha) and make it into a fathers day present.

it is my first attempt at carving anything. I used a chisel, an exacto knife and my dremil to remove the material.

The outer handle is finished with 4 coats of Spar Varnish, the inside (last minute add on) was finished with Shellac to give a more “Satin” look. And also I didn’t have 4 days to let the 4 coats of Varnish dry like the outside handle, and Shellac is what I had on hand :)

All in all, it was fun, used my hand planes to thickness the stock, and bandsaw to cut the curves and wasn’t a bad 1 day project (minus the 4 days of Varnish application and drying)
First time working with Mahogany, LOVED it.

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#1 posted 06-24-2011 03:56 PM

Nice job. Good carving for a first try with basic tools too.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 06-24-2011 04:20 PM

Very cool. I wish I had a boat to make cool stuff for:)
I guess I could just do what the guy above me^ does!! :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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