Quarterberth Clothes Cabinet

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March 2007 --
Both of my quarterberts came with open shelves. There's nothing wrong with them. However, the one on the starboard is now a cabinet in the new nav station.

To port, I need to replace the old foam backed vinyl liner, because the backing has disintegrated and it's falling off. As long as that's going on, I'm going to replace the open shelves with a nice storage cabinet.

The old shelf was a very handy pattern for the new cabinet bottom.

The trickiest part of this project is making the correct angle where the cabinet meets the hull. It was easy, though, to match the angle
with a power saw.

Then a quick sanity check at the boat, so make sure it fits,
and isn't too big.

It's about an inch wider at the aft end. I set it in place, and took a nap, so see if I would keep bumping into it when using the berth.

The whole thing is made of marine plywood, and glued together.

The front panel, which is the only visible part, is made of African mahogany.

The top is a shallow shelf, which will come in handy for storing little things that need to be nearby while one is sleeping.

All the corners are braced with little bits of red oak quarter round molding.

It's all glued together with Titebond II wood glue. That's your basic yellow waterproof wood glue, and it's really strong.

I don't really care about glue smears, since the whole interior is going to be painted white.

I had considered locking latches for this cabinet, but decided to use these spring latches instead.

This cabinet is for clothes and things, not heavy stuff that could
pop the door open.

The cabinet doors are attached
with piano hinges.

I had a thin piano hinge in the garage, and used it for this rather than spending $40 on a new brass one. Brass would have looked better, but I didn't want to go spend more money.

A nice trick for getting piano hinges just right is to set it in place and kiss the hole with a large drill bit.
This creates a bit of a countersink,
and a depression that will center the smaller drill bit perfectly.

The cabinet doors are held open with basic spring-type supports.

Note that the inside of the hull had been painted white to prepare for this. I think having the whole insides of the cabinet painted white will help me to see the contents easier.

The whole thing sits on the original supports for the old shelf.


The cabinet front and the doors are finished with Minwax Spar Urethane.
The first two coats were brushed, then it was sanded down and sprayed.

The doors are stock louvered vents. Fortunatey AFI/Marinco makes one that fits perfectly, and all I had to do was insert the teak finger holes.
Those are also stock parts.

Now I can finish adding wood slats against the hull, so this area will look finished.