Making the Doghouse Coaming

The top of the doghouse needs a frame to hold the acrylic “glass”. I’m doing this as another practice piece – tenon joints and a Light Oak finish this time – it will give a comparison to the forward hatch coamings. I’m only using cheap softwood because the whole doghouse is likely to be completely rebuilt before too long.

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Because the top of the doghouse curves slightly I’ve tried steam bending the frame.  The picture shows one piece wrapped in plastic to keep the steam in, and the wallpaper stripper being used to generate the steam.  I was quite dubious about this technique but it works surprisingly well.

I use aluminium strip to hold the “glass” in place and I’m pleased with the final effect.

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Especially looking back to how it was …

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