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Blackfin29

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10-03-2019 10:33 PM

Winter project for the boat shall be to make a couple of the mats pictured below. While they certainly seem straight forward once you choose the configuration that best serves your purpose, I have a LOT of respect for the skill in this forum so I want to ask before I start if anyone has ever made one of these??
If so, I’m open to any pointers or cool design/engineering ideas??

One question would be how I might attach the end slats so they can’t be seen? I have a few ideas.. but open to more.

Also in this photo what do you think those little black spacers are called? Where might I find those doo dads??

Thanks in advance!!!


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pottz

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#1 posted 10-03-2019 10:56 PM

never made one myself but the rubber bumpers i get on amazon,i use them on cutting boards or whatever,they come in different sizes.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 10-03-2019 11:06 PM

I would check out exterior grade 1/8” bungee cord (or shock cord).
I would use 4 cords vs two. just about anything can be used
for the spacers on the cords. and Like Pottz said, the rubber
bumpers for the bottom are available in all sorts of configurations.
even the rubber washers found in the plumbing section for faucet repair.
looks like a fun project !! please post some photos after it is done.
(do a fair amount of research on the bottom rubber washers:
too soft and they could leave ugly black marks on your deck.
too hard and they could leave dents in the deck).
if used on a nice teak deck, maybe just strip of heavy duck canvas
could be glued to each strip of wood.
if the mat is only going to be used on the dock and never on the boat,
maybe nothing is needed underneath.

look very closely at the expanded view and you can see how the hole
that holds the end of the cord was covered with a matching wood plug.
standard rubber bumpers & stainless screws.

any kind of nautical motif could be gently engraved in the slats to make it more personal.

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-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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Blackfin29

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#3 posted 10-03-2019 11:33 PM



I would check out exterior grade 1/8” bungee cord (or shock cord).
I would use 4 cords vs two. just about anything can be used
for the spacers on the cords. and Like Pottz said, the rubber
bumpers for the bottom are available in all sorts of configurations.
even the rubber washers found in the plumbing section for faucet repair.
looks like a fun project !! please post some photos after it is done.

- John Smith

John that shock cord idea is definitely a great idea!!! For those times I may want to roll it, I think it would be more forgiving and easy to manipulate!!

This does seem like a fun project… Little on the “Production” side with all the slats but I will be sure to post some photos…

Also I did miss that plug, but a simple knot inside there, or crimp of some sort would make it fast and plug blinds it!!

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#4 posted 10-03-2019 11:45 PM

in the camping world, I learned the difference between “shock cord”
and regular “bungee” cord. you may want to google the difference.
you can make a couple of those mats in an afternoon.
mass produce the slats, run them through the drill press, final sanding,
spray finish, run the cords, and you’re done.
I think the bottom rubber buttons need the most attention: the wrong ones
could ruin your nice teak deck.
you could even do a prototype out of 1×2 furring strips to see what size would
suit your needs the best. instead of using of an expensive wood and you are not
satisfied with it.

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-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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#5 posted 10-03-2019 11:49 PM



in the camping world, I learned the difference between “shock cord”
and regular “bungee” cord. you may want to google the difference.
you can make a couple of those mats in an afternoon.
mass produce the slats, run them through the drill press, final sanding,
spray finish, run the cords, and you re done.
I think the bottom rubber buttons need the most attention: the wrong ones
could ruin your nice teak deck.
you could even do a prototype out of 1×2 furring strips to see what size would
suit your needs the best. instead of using of an expensive wood and you are not
satisfied with it.

.

- John Smith

nice boat john how about we take her out and do a little fishing-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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John Smith

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#6 posted 10-03-2019 11:54 PM

LOL that’s not my boat – it is the O/Ps ~ Blackfin.

mine “was” just an old beat up 1966 30’ Chris-Craft Sedan Cruiser.

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-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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#7 posted 10-03-2019 11:57 PM



LOL that s not my boat – it is the O/Ps ~ Blackfin.

mine “was” just an old beat up 1966 30 Chris-Craft Sedan Cruiser.

.

- John Smith


hey looks pretty good to me,ill bring my rods and the beer-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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pottz

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#8 posted 10-03-2019 11:57 PM


LOL that s not my boat – it is the O/Ps ~ Blackfin.

mine “was” just an old beat up 1966 30 Chris-Craft Sedan Cruiser.

.

- John Smith

hey looks pretty good to me,ill bring my rods and the beer-lol.

- pottz


ha i just realized you said was sorry to hear that.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 10-04-2019 05:24 PM

I would be worried about bungee/shock cord stretching out and deteriorating in the ‘sun and spray’ rather quickly.

You could epoxy the cords into the end slats. Even better if you ran the rubber bumper screw through the epoxied cord, maybe?

I have done a little bit of boat work, but not something specifically like that. I will say, I do love the smell of teak as I’ve worked with it.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#10 posted 10-04-2019 05:37 PM

that is the difference between the bungee and shock cords:
99% of the retail “bungee” cords are not UV tolerant.
while the “shock cord” can be obtained with a UV resistant
covering that is also salt water friendly for marine use.
(think of the elastic cords on canoes and kayaks)
exterior grade shock cord is what is used in camping tents where
you throw out the aluminum poles and they snap together.
if you have a camping store such as REI, North Face, Campmor, etc.
that is the place to go. Harbor Freight and other Box Stores, you don’t
know what you will be getting.
there are many online sources that sell UV resistant shock cord.
you just have to be diligent in your search and weed through them.
[you don’t want to epoxy the end into the wood slat – that would make it
almost impossible to remove should the cord need to be replaced.
a triple knot or mechanical crimp will work].
I was thinking about the spacer that goes between the slats:
I have some 1/8” ID fuel hose that has a 1/4” OD that would work well.
just slice off the thickness you need and thread them on.

.

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-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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shipwright

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#11 posted 10-04-2019 07:31 PM

I’m having trouble thinking of what use this mat might serve. I’m not a fan of loose bits of stuff sliding around the floor myself. Is it to protect a high traffic spot?
Personally I prefer the other option in your title. Although not wood, “string mats” or rope-worked mats made of soft nylon can be very attractive and easier on bare feet if you step on them the wrong way. I’ve used them (tacked down) on stair treads whee they provide a nice feel on the feet.

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#12 posted 10-05-2019 12:15 AM

Wow that’s some boat he got there.

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