1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing V-berth Head Moldings

I had to take a break from polishing stainless, so I installed some moldings for the v-berth head. This thing is taking forever to get done, in part, because of the scorching hot summer, but also because my painter hasn’t been feeling well recently. Hopefully, we’ll get it painted before autumn sets in and it gets too cold to paint.

The access panel behind the toilet needs to be squared up

The access panel behind the toilet and the hole it fits in need to be squared up

Eureka Zone track saw makes perfectly straight cuts

Eureka Zone track saw makes perfectly straight cuts

Just need to take off a smidgeon

Just need to take off a smidgeon

The panel is square

The panel is square

Rubber spacers that came with the new glass works to center the panel in the hole

I use the rubber spacers that came with the new glass to center the panel in the hole

Harbor Freight's multi-tool is perfect for squaring up the hole

Harbor Freight’s multi-tool is perfect for squaring up the hole

Squared up and ready for moldings

Squared up well enough and almost ready for moldings

The molding profile

The molding profile

After trimming off more of the panel edges to make room for the molding, it was time to start gluing. Fortunately, the painter came in, finished sanding the first prime coat, then sprayed Awlquik.

First, I wetted out the toilet paper storage space edges with epoxy

I wetted out the back-side of each molding after I did the plywood.

Epoxy thickened with a 30/70 mix of cabosil and wood flour

Epoxy thickened with a 30/70 mix of cabosil and wood flour

Apply wood flour-thickened epoxy to the moldings

Apply wood flour-thickened epoxy to the moldings

Rube Goldberg clamping system holds everything in place

Rube Goldberg clamping system holds everything in place

Every clamp, stick, and squeegee is absolutely essential

Every clamp, stick, screwdriver, scrap of plywood, and sanding pad is absolutely essential to hold the moldings in place

Good squeeze-out means there will be a good bond

Good squeeze-out means there will be a good bond on the moldings for the toilet paper cabinet

After cleaning up the squeeze-out with a squeegee and a final wipe with alcohol on a rag, I repeated the process for the panel moldings.

Ready for glue

Ready for glue

Variation on a trucker's hitch clamps all of the moldings to the panel

Variation on a trucker’s hitch clamps all of the moldings to the panel

Every stick and piece of string is essential

Every stick and piece of string is essential

After the epoxy cures and the clamps come off

Nice glue line

Nice glue line

Done!

Done!

Now I just need to wait for the painter to show up, finish sanding the Awlquik, and get the head ready for Awlgrip 545 primer.

In the meantime, I’m pushing forward with the exhaust risers.

Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Final Exhaust Riser Fit-up

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