Tuesday, January 22, 2008


CalculationsSo we went for the big bang approach, in line with that suggested by an anonymous contributor.

Cutting and fitting each individual piece would have been just too much work, for no real benefit.

In the background you can see both the trimmed 'outside' edges (clicking on the image will give you a better view).

Now for the tough part, as you can see Andy is helping with the tricky part of working out all the various angles the middle pieces will need to be cut at.

By this stage we had already cut some of the top pieces wrong, and were resorting to more scientific means.

It's a good thing I finally remembered where there was a protractor on board (Thanks Dave).


  1. Marcus3:16 AM

    wow coming along nicely, looks a bit tricky though. So what kind of ceiling were you thinking of putting up? I would think a drop ceiling of some sort would do well. however small the space is above the easy access would be priceless. Keep up the good work!
    Cheers from Ohio

  2. Hi Marcus

    Thanks for that.

    I'm planning on building channels by the steel beams which run the length of the place.

    You can see one of the beams above Andy's head.

    Those channels will be built to hold all the cables, pipes etc. I could ever imagine needing.

    The ceiling itself is planned to be simple white board. Melamine maybe.



  3. Whatever you do Tim avoid all use of MDF on board , I once saw a trawler conversion where they had used it and my God was it in a state ,It seems to soak up the moisture in the air and then expand sag and warp !!!! and then grow mould.

  4. Point noted Andrew



  5. I'm not sure how you have envisioned this finished out, but keep the paint / stain colors lighter. It will help the space not feel so "confined".

    Melamine is a tricky beast (2nd the avoiding of MDF comment). If you are going for a solid color, sprayed on exterior paint may be better / easier. Also give careful thought to how the panel joints will interact. This may be easier to deal with once walls are in place, thereby minimizing the joint exposure (covered with trim pieces) and then utilizing a simpler crown molding around the border.

    Cheers from Texas!

  6. Hi Vazz

    Thanks for the constructive comment.

    I'm thinking along the lines of clear varnish for the wood down there.

    The wood is light enough I think.

    The fittings and trim will likely be a cream/magnolia colour, to give an extra feeling of space.