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    Default Making a Thwart board

    I want to make myself a Thwart board, a nice one that I can make a tray etc on for flybox/ tools. My only problem is some of the fisheries I frequent use Punts and some are the more traditional fishing boats. Is there any way I can make the stopper blocks adjustable to cater for different sized boats?


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    Default Re: Making a Thwart board

    just to get this clear your looking for an adjustable plank

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    Default Re: Making a Thwart board

    Rubber door stoppers with a short screw so you can move them, maybe a strip of wood to accommodate different widths of boats, you could wing nut them in the centre so that they can sit offset to accommodate front, mid and rear of the boat and would be easily moved in or out as needed.


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    The way I've got around this is to take a drill driver with me and do the adjustment in situ, it only takes a couple of minutes. This is a lazy man's solution but the thwart's only a sawn off scaffold plank with 2x2 blocks, it does for me.

    Stainless screws help, they don't get jammed like rusted BZP but it's a bit of a trade off as the metal's soft and stripping the heads can be an issue so take some spares when you pack the drill.
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    Default Re: Making a Thwart board

    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    Rubber door stoppers with a short screw so you can move them, maybe a strip of wood to accommodate different widths of boats, you could wing nut them in the centre so that they can sit offset to accommodate front, mid and rear of the boat and would be easily moved in or out as needed.


    Al
    I've got a book somewhere which shows just that, fixed block at one end and a slot routed down the centre of the plank at the other end with a captive bolt in the movable block and a large wingnut and washers on top to tighten it. There are some really nice machine handles that would do the same as the wingnut, just in case you happened to sit on it.

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    [QUOTE=diawl bach;2490784]The way I've got around this is to take a drill driver with me and do the adjustment in situ, it only takes a couple of minutes. This is a lazy man's solution but the thwart's only a sawn off scaffold plank with 2x2 blocks, it does for me.

    Stainless screws help, they don't get jammed

    Helps to coat Stainless nut and bolt threads with copper grease to stop the material "picking up", as engineers describe it.

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    Default Re: Making a Thwart board

    I would go with the slotted method but I would probably use 2 parallel slots , easker1

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    Quote Originally Posted by doobrysnatcher View Post
    just to get this clear your looking for an adjustable plank
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    Quote Originally Posted by original cormorant View Post
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    That's what I use - an 'adjustable plank'. It's adjustable for length and whichever axis out of 'pitch, roll and yaw' is adjusted by putting a 'yoga block' under one end, if required. I lay it lengthways inside the boat...


    For the simple reasons that, if I put it over the gunwales, it:

    1) puts me far too high into the air, to the point of lifting my feet off the deck!
    2) causes me to have to swing one leg over it far too often!!
    3) damages the gunwales!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumble54 View Post
    I'm not with you. How does that answer the OP's question on how to make it adjustable for different-sized boats?

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