I've been helping a friend out on his sailboat projects. The most recent aspect has been in fabricating new railings. I basically try to point him in the right direction, purchase tools on his dime, and try to get him to take his time so he doesn't booger up all of his expensive material. He has been learning that when dealing with compound bends and tube notching, small mistakes in calculations equate to large discrepancies in the final product.
We did the bends (by hand) on my Hossfeld #2, and we coped the joints with a JMR notcher (see post under "tube notchers" in the Motorsports section). He made some templates, we hit most of the marks , and I tacked them together so he could check them back on the boat before final welding.
All the material is 1.25 x .083 316 stainless steel tubing. It has a very substantial look and he is not concerned about the extra weight compared to the old railings. Gonna look great!
1) JMR notcher
2) 1.25 tubing die
3) tacked up
4) tacked up
Thanks for looking.
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11-01-2008, 06:07 PM #1Senior Member
- Join Date
- Apr 2006
- San Diego
Stainless steel sailboat railingsMaxstar 200DX
LMSW-52 spot welder