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More progress on the Instrument Housing

posted Jul 1, 2011, 12:21 PM by Christopher Hubbell   [ updated Jul 1, 2011, 12:32 PM ]
The box is coming along nicely.  All the butt joints ended up square, the wood fit nicely, and the glue filled the gaps nicely.  I wish the epoxy dried quicker, as the steps are taking quite a bit of time with a 10-12 hour delay being enforced by curing time.  I could always buy faster setting stuff, but this is what I have on hand and I'm trying to be economically conservative on this project.

The next tricky thing I need to work out is the rear panel's access hatch.  I'm going to make something that screws in flush to the base, so I'll mount an overlapping strip frame around a cutout in between the pedestal guard tubes.  It will secure with either 4 or 6 screws depending on what my intuition specifies at the time.  I don't anticipate a lot of on and off, nor much structural load, so I'm not overly concerned about it.  Will it be watertight to IPX standards?  Nope.  I'm relying on the excellent design of my Raytheon instruments to handle that.  This thing is just a pretty dashboard.

I'm getting excited about the mast work tomorrow...  Can't wait to get those cables replaced and mount the new anchor light.  I'm still not sure how I'm going to do it, but I always seem to figure something out.