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Old 31-01-2013, 05:13   #1
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How Should I Make a Cheap Bathing Platform?

hello - just wondering how to make a small platform which doesnt freak the bank !

1 ss tube would be nice but is expensive and I don't weld so i would have to buy corner 90deg sections or pre - shaped tube, which seems hard to come by. and then I would have to attach teak slats or grating, the latter is also quite pricey!

2 I suppose I could make a teak or jarrah wooden frame with the above 'fillers', but would it get soggy and weedy? and if i laminated it would the epoxy stand up to the on the waterline location? also, how to make a robust rectangle shape since i am not the best mitre - cutter!

3 option #3 would be just a semis submersible trampoline type fabric with some kind of frame - or perhaps suspended from the stern sprits .

any experience of home making such items please??
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Old 31-01-2013, 05:21   #2

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Re: How Should I Make a Cheap Bathing Platform?

I used 1" square stainless 1/8" thick, not cheap, but not polished or marine in any way. Square is easier to mount decking to and drill. Cut it, make it simple,and find someone to weld it for you. You can grind/bevel all the cut edges and keep the welders time to a minium.
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