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Old 05 November 2010, 01:28   #11
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The material I think you are looking for is called Marine Board, SunBoard or StarBoard. It is a UV stable plastic sheet with a fine texture on both sides. It is available in White (also Tan and Black) and is easily machined to fit your application. While we are in the US, I am sure you can find this material in the UK. We have made lots of these kind of 'adapters' to mount gauges, switches and hardware on boats. The cool thing about these materials is they look the same 12 - 15 years later. Do some local searching for the above products to see if they are available there - it should be very affordable.
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Old 05 November 2010, 02:09   #12
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Try here; http://www.fahr-industries.com/marine/marine.htm
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Tufnell sheet with white plastic hard coating, we use this at work all the time on machines, it has a proper name that escapes me. Polyprop.... chopping board from tescos was also my first thought on the cheap.
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Or what I did to make a radio pod to put my VHF on the side wall & protect it (and you thought you were short of console space! )

Marine ply, a thin layer of epoxy resin & a flowcoat of your chosen colour. If you're clever with the epoxy, you can make it look like it was part of the console design!
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I find that hard to believe, I would have thought you could fit a 32" plasma to your console Andy
That's because I'm trying to fit a 42" wide screen LED chartplotter in there
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I looked at chopping boards but could only find ones that were 1/2" thick.

Thanks to Nugent, who came through with a couple of 10mm plastic off cuts that I think I can bond together then profile to the shape of the chartplotter before machining an angle one end to fit the profile of the console. If however this doesn't work for whatever reason I will probably build one out of marine ply, coat in tissue impregnated resin and then flowcoat. The reason I didn't do this first off was because of the cost of buying all the resin, flowcoat etc. I would have only needed a little and would have wasted all the rest.
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I looked at chopping boards but could only find ones that were 1/2" thick.

Thanks to Nugent, who came through with a couple of 10mm plastic off cuts that I think I can bond together then profile to the shape of the chartplotter before machining an angle one end to fit the profile of the console. If however this doesn't work for whatever reason I will probably build one out of marine ply, coat in tissue impregnated resin and then flowcoat. The reason I didn't do this first off was because of the cost of buying all the resin, flowcoat etc. I would have only needed a little and would have wasted all the rest.
do a mock up and i will router or chuck it on the waterjet
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do a mock up and i will router or chuck it on the waterjet
Thanks for the offer Ed. I'm more than happy to jigsaw the sheets out when they arrive. Shouldn't take long as I've already cut out a cardboard pattern. Milling/sanding the profile for the console will be a little more challenging but can only really be done with the Console present.
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Thanks for the offer Ed. I'm more than happy to jigsaw the sheets out when they arrive. Shouldn't take long as I've already cut out a cardboard pattern. Milling/sanding the profile for the console will be a little more challenging but can only really be done with the Console present.
you not received them then ? posted thurs morning
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No, not yet. I'll drop you a line when they arrive
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