Posts by Dan

Maple with a Few Variations

Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Design and details, Wood, plywood, solids, Yacht interiors, general | 2 comments

I thought that it might be interesting to look at a very common north American wood, Maple. Now there are actually quite a few different species that grow in North America but for most purposes they are broken down to Hard Maple and Soft Maple


Hard Maple, includes sugar maple and black maple. It is a hard,dense, tough wood. The weight ranges from 40 to 45 pounds per cubic foot. The working properties are generally good. Being denser it tends to hold up to high wear areas better, you can damage it but not that easily. It is generally considered a very good cabinet wood. This wood tends to lean towards the lighter tones to almost white.

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Hardware from Horton Brasses inc.

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in spotlight | 2 comments

A very nice brass lift off hinge

Brass Lift Off Hinge


I thought I’d mention these hinges and latches. Whenever I need traditional hardware, this is one of the first places I look. They make very nice parts, and for the quality, fit and finish, the pricing is very good. These hinges are machined extrusions. The pins fit tight , but not to tight.

The latch is also nicely machined as you can see from the pictures.





A very nice brass pantry latch

Brass Pantry Latch








brass pantry latch mechanism

Pantry Latch Mechanism

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It’s Just Wood, How Many Decisions Can There Be?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Design and details, Wood, plywood, solids, Yacht interiors, general | 1 comment

Actually this may seem simple at first, but it is commonly a challenge to come up with the final choices. There are many factors to consider. Availability, color tones, grain patterns, density and workability are some of the decisions. Once you have picked the general species, you still have to determine the actual look, within reason, that you would like. Some of this will be solid lumber and much will be veneer. These do not have to be the same wood, often I like to use something simple for the background (cabin sides and bulkheads) and something a bit more interesting for the cabinets and door panels. This becomes more important when the majority of the interior is wood, less so when there is some fabric or wallpaper to break it up.

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Custom Yacht Tables, by Shipwright Style

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Design and details, Wood, plywood, solids, Yacht interiors, general | 0 comments

Tables from Shipwright Style

The flier above is for my custom  and semi-custom yacht tables. I enjoy building these and would like to expand more into this area. Part of what make these so enjoyable to design and build is that the variations are nearly endless.


The small table at the top is intended to be semi-custom, the length can be adjusted but the width is fixed at 14″, 16″ and 18″. This helps keep costs down as there does not need to be new patterns made for each table. The solid wood, veneers and profiles can be tailored to mach your individual needs and preferences.

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Tricel Honeycomb Panel,Great for Lightweight Construction

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in spotlight | 0 comments


Tricel Honeycomb

Tricel Honeycomb


This is a small piece of a Tricel , a plywood skinned honeycomb core panel. It is a light weight, sound dampening, rigid material that is , in my opinion, perfect for bulkheads in yachts. I have used Tricel for many years on a wide range of projects. For more information contact the Tricel Honeycomb Corp.


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