2510Hrs – Galley Work Tops
We’re well and truly locked into this freezing weather still so the galley work continues. That said I’ve spent as much time outside the boat as inside today as I was cutting the galley worktops.
Some of you may recall that some weeks ago I was pondering what material to use for these worktops but as luck would have it the problem solved itself the other day when I was chatting to Richard at the barn about my choices. He took me into the yard and said ‘why don’t you use some of this?’ pointing towards a pallet of what looked like sheets of tatty old wood effect chipboard.
Closer examination however showed them to be toilet partitioning boards made from what I now know to be something called solid phenolic which is a high pressure composite faced with melamine. It’s made to be virtually indestructible, it’s totally waterproof , highly resistant to impacts and scratching and of course very hygienic. The boards on the pallet had never been used but had sat out in all weathers for years. When I extracted a couple and removed the damaged and dirty protective film the boards beneath were in virtually perfect condition.
The wood grain pattern wouldn’t have been my first choice but beggars can’t be choosers and I accepted them gratefully.
As I’d already made ply templates of the worktops it was relatively straightforward to transfer the pattern onto the phenolic however cutting them was another matter. It was slow hard work with a fine jigsaw blade but eventually I got them cut. A dry fit showed them to be spot on. The only thing I’m not happy about is the cutout for the ice box lid. I’m going to have another go at that tomorrow because it’s not to an acceptabel standard.
I also completed the waste bin box next to the companionway. I’m very pleased with how that turned out.