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joenewton posted 08-01-2003 08:11 AM ET (US)   Profile for joenewton   Send Email to joenewton  
I put my refinished seat risers and my brand new mahogany seat on my 15ft center console last week. My idea is to remove the wood once or twice a year, since there is so little, and put a couple of coats of new varnish on the wood. If I do as planned, should I be aware of problems with pre-drilled screw-holes losing their bite? I plan on also refinishing the two little trim pieces at the base of the console and having a new bow-hatch cover made instead of using the white whalerboard. Anything I need to know about removing those trim pieces as a pre-caution to the console fitting? Also, added a 1/4 of thickness to the new mahogany seat and it feels so much more durable!
SpeedBump posted 08-01-2003 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for SpeedBump  Send Email to SpeedBump     
If you are careful to not overtighten the screws you should not have to worry about stripping the wood out. Use full thread stainless screws, like sheet metal screws. they have a course thread, are self tapping and grip better than regular wood screws.

If you did the bright work properly you should not have to apply new coats for at least two full seasons even under heavy use. There may be some small abraded or chaffed areass but you should be able to touch them up w/o removal and should be addressing these issues on a routiner and continuing basis as they occur.

Bottom line is the less you have to remove and reinstall the screws the better off you'll be.

ShrimpBurrito posted 08-01-2003 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Another option is to drill out the holes a little bit and epoxy some machine threads in the hole. That way, you can remove and replace the wood till the cows come home without any worries.
joenewton posted 08-02-2003 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for joenewton  Send Email to joenewton     
Thanks for your input.

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