I wrote this article last year, but then I got busy and forgot to post it. Galley storage isn’t exactly required to splash the boat later this year, but I wanted to clear out the draft folder before I forget about it again.
Behind this panel is one of the compartments I made when I reconfigured and strengthened the bow seat. Eventually, the panel will be glued and screwed in place, then covered with mahogany veneer. But first, I need to make the storage inside. After cutting and installing the 1″ x 1″ mahogany cleats that will support the top and side panels, I cut the panels themselves.
Once the varnish cured, I flipped the panel over and sealed the back-side with epoxy.
I’m leaving the edges uncoated because I’ll epoxy that area to the cleats, and I want the epoxy to really soak into the wood. While the epoxy was still wet, I applied a layer of insulation.
It was around this time that I decided tambour doors would be really cool here. Tambour doors have been around for centuries. You’ll see them on antique roll-top desks as well as “appliance garages” in modern homes. I believe Hatteras used them, too, though I’ve never seen a Chris Craft with them. I need to work out the details on the doors before I continue. I can buy a set, but mahogany from a door maker may not match what I’ve got already. From what I’ve read they’re not hard to make, so I’m tempted to DIY them. I’ll stew on that for a while and get back to this when other priorities are out of the way.