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Jaspell posted 03-15-2004 02:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jaspell   Send Email to Jaspell  
The veneer on the sides of our Nauset center console are peeling badly. I would appreciate some suggestions for repair or replacement of the side panels. If I go with a marine grade plywood, does anyone have any suggestrions as to what matches up best witht he original and what thickness to order? The windshield, top, and trimn panels of the console are still in good shape but the sides do need help. Thanks.
smirkless posted 03-15-2004 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
The original was 1/2" marine grade mahogany plywood. This is available through better coastal lumber yards. There are other posts that can be searched that may have specific sources in your area. In order to prevent the pealing from occurring on the new pieces, use as many coats of varnish as possible, particularly on the plywood edges. Even this may not stop the problem. Several other suggestions have been made like solid wood sides (expensive). One cleat detail suggested was to set the plywood sides on a cleat with a routed out “seat” for the sides. This would raise the plywood as much as ¾” off the deck and help keep the plywood from wicking up standing water. Good luck.
gansett posted 03-15-2004 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for gansett  Send Email to gansett     
If the lamination is peeling, but still sound, you might consider gluing it back down. I had good luck with one that was pretty bad. In addition to gluing down pealing laminate, I also patched a few small bare spots. After gluing down I sealed the wood with epoxy saturating resin and the varnished.

If you can go this route, don't disassemble the entire console, just reglue any open joins with clear epoxy and clamp.

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