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RE: TEAK/WOOD/TREX cockpit grate?

A cheap table saw with a dado blade, or a router, could cut the notches.
You'd probably need to fasion a jig to get it all set up right. Trex is
super-easy to work with, though a lot more flexible than a lot of wood
products. For a grate application, I think it would work well. Even if you
had to buy a table saw, you'd come it a lot cheaper than the $350.

-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Bensyl [mailto:rbensyl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2006 12:27 PM
To: sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: rbensyl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: TEAK/WOOD/TREX cockpit grate?

Hi everyone- I recently purchased a San Juan 23 in the last six months and
really enjoy the boat and the website. After reviewing Bob Schimels' tech
tips and seeing his cockpit grate made in vinyl, I would like one also.

I priced the "do it yourself" teak grate materials at West marine and it
looks like it would cost over $500. You can have a custom one made by "Thai
teak Industries" and have it shipped to the US  for around $350, but I would
really like to do this on a shoestring budget.

Has anyone tried doing this yourself? I am looking into building it out of
the Trex composite deck materials sold at Home Depot/Lowes, but am not sure
how one would cut all the notches needed into the composite material.

Ideas or suggestions anyone? THANKS!

R. Bensyl
SJ 23 - First Wave
Atlanta, GA     USA

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