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Old Wed 07 January 2009, 22:31
captainjsw
Just call me: John
 
Perth Western Australia
Australia
Question How to route these moldings

Hi everyone,

I'm building a 57' sailing catamaran. There is a need to route some moldings to act as a rebate for cabin doors, cupboard doors and maybe draw fronts.

I'm sure the MechMate could do this but I guess holding down the part would be the hard thing. I guess I just want some advice on how to make moldings like these shown in the attachment.

The previous boat we built door rebates out of beech and cut the straight sections using a table saw and I hand routed the curved parts by hand - not easy to get right.

Thanks John
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Old Thu 08 January 2009, 01:25
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Capt John,

Very nice and I would like to see some photos of the outside.

I don't have a solution for your problem.
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Old Thu 08 January 2009, 02:19
captainjsw
Just call me: John
 
Perth Western Australia
Australia
Hi Nils thats not my boat - its a picture of what I am trying to achieve - I can send you updates of the new boat as we move along - pictures included. If you take a look at my web site you can see the old boat - well not that old - now I cant post urls but if you do a google search on john watson catamaran you will or should get my site- a few pictures on there or send me your e-mail and I'll shoot you a few pics etc.

Cheers John
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Old Thu 08 January 2009, 08:59
gixi
Just call me: Marius (AVO) #32
 
Bucharest
Romania
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For this kind of operation the MM is not the best because you'll lose a lot of time just to setup the machine.
F 500 Professional Tilting Spindle Moulder is an example.
Also see their site: http://romania.felder-gruppe.at/?PHP...id=ENG#tblHead
FELDER is the producer and is from Austria.
On their site you can find a movie on how it works.

Marius
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Old Thu 08 January 2009, 09:48
hennie
Just call me: Hennie #23
 
Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
John I would try and use the MM to do the frame as long as you can hold the workpiece in place.
You can use a spindle but you first need to make a jigg to hold the frame in and depending on the cutter you will need to take real care as the spindle is one serious machine to do small woodwork with ( can lose fingers ).
Try looking at the Triton router table it is cheaper and you can use your router. my 1 cent
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Old Thu 08 January 2009, 10:39
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Using a CAD program, draw the corner pieces (red) and nest them onto a plank:


Screw plank to spoilboard

Cut blue profiles until nearly right through - do not cut through

Undo screws

Put plank through a thicknesser.

Do rounding over with table or hand router
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Old Thu 08 January 2009, 17:01
Marc Shlaes
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Cleveland, OH
United States of America
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I checked out the website. YOU SIR ARE A CRAFTSMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whose designs are you building? I am curious. Post more pictures!

Thanks,
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Old Thu 08 January 2009, 18:09
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Capt John,

Marc is right!! That is one nice boat. I like the picture of you in the rain slicker -- Your smile tells every thing. I am enjoying what I built!

If you didn't live so darn far away, I would invite my self for sail. I would love to drive your boat. What size is it?

Yes, post more photos.

May you have strong wind on your windward side...
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Old Thu 08 January 2009, 18:48
Greg J
Just call me: Greg #13
 
Hagerman, New Mexico
United States of America
John,

Very nice work. Anyone who quotes Mark Twain is alright in my book.

From John's website -

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails."
"Explore. Dream. Discover". - Mark Twain.
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Old Thu 08 January 2009, 21:00
Marc Shlaes
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Cleveland, OH
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Where the wind don't blow, you really shouldn't go.

-Led Zeppelin
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Old Thu 08 January 2009, 21:06
captainjsw
Just call me: John
 
Perth Western Australia
Australia
Smile Thanks to everyone advice and praise

With regard to using the MM to cut the mouldings I think I will go the way of Gerald's suggestion - last time I cut the curve with a band saw, also somewhat of a challenge as far as getting an accurate cut is concerned..

The last boat (now sold) was a Tony Grainger design from Queesland / Australia. The new boat is a custom design based closely on the gunboat series of sailing catamarans. The new boat is 17.5m long (57.5') the most famous of the gunboat series is Safari - do a google on it. A forward cockpit design. Here is a few jpgs - have heaps more of course but don't think this is the forum for this, anyone who is interested I can send updates to their e-mail addresses, as things progresses. My e-mail address is on the contact page of my site. A new site is half written, just waitin to get a bit further with constuction - we will be sort of fitted out by the end of April - maybe.

Cheers John
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