1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Fitting the V-berth Cabinets

With the V-berth walls finally installed, the rest of the cabinetry in the room is coming together pretty quickly.

The aft deck plywood pile shrinks a bit more

Mahogany panels are pre-finished with ICA base and top coat

I had these panels painted with ICA a year or two (or three?) ago. They’ve been awaiting installation for too long.

Bed base panel fits well

The salon plywood stack gets one sheet shorter

The mahogany plywood stack in the salon is my official progress meter. The shorter the stack gets, the closer I am to finishing the refit. I’m very pleased when it gets shorter. Hopefully, that’ll happen at a faster rate from now on.

EZ-One track saw table makes it easy to break down 4×8 sheets

With the EZ-One track saw system, it’s the saw that moves, not the panel. So unlike a conventional table saw, you don’t need a huge amount of space. The track also ensures perfectly straight cuts exactly where you want them. You don’t have to worry about keeping the panel tight up against a fence or kickbacks. It’s a great tool for this kind of work.

Angled cuts are also super easy with the EZ-One

Not a bad fit…needs a bit of trimming

A snip here, a slice there…

Nice and square!

Three panels fit nicely

Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: More V-berth Cabinetry.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Mahogany Wall Panels to the Paint Shop and Back

After laying out the interior concepts on the aft stateroom floor and rough cutting the 3/4″ mohagany plywood panels to size, I walked all of the panels off the boat and took them to the paint shop for coating with ICA’s clear base coat.

No, that’s not a typo. I’m clear coating the panels before I install them.

By putting a heavy base coat on the panels, I’ll protect the very thin top veneer from damage during install. Even the most incidental contact leaves marks in this new plywood, and the veneers are so thin you can’t always sand away the damage. Clear coating first will also allow me to use epoxy thickened with wood flour to glue the panels in place in addition to conventional fasteners. Without a coating on the veneer, epoxy discolors the mahogany. With a coating on the veneer, any epoxy that lands on the ICA base coat will wipe off with alcohol on a rag. That’s the theory, anyway. Before too long, I’ll definitely be writing an article about how it turns out.

Rough cut mahogany panels loaded into my beater truck

Rough cut mahogany panels loaded into my beater truck

Hanging in the spray booth

Hanging in the spray booth

And back in the beater truck

And back in the beater truck

That ICA base coat is some thick stuff. It’s tough as nails, but also sands really well.

Back into the boat

Back to the boat!

Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Nice Score On a Dewalt DWS780 Miter Saw