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Old 29-11-2010, 22:22   #1
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Fiddling About . . .

Hi all! I'm soon to install new Corian countertops in the galley, and I'll be danged if I know what to do about fiddles. Anyone have any good pics of how to handle / design fiddles? I've considered wood, Corian, even aluminum... But my first choice would be Corian if I knew how to build them... Thanks, Chris
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Hi all! I'm soon to install new Corian countertops in the galley, and I'll be danged if I know what to do about fiddles. Anyone have any good pics of how to handle / design fiddles? I've considered wood, Corian, even aluminum... But my first choice would be Corian if I knew how to build them... Thanks, Chris
Our last two boats have had teak fiddles on Corian counters. Combines the best of both worlds.
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Finally...where ya been Chris?

I was afraid you'd launched her and where already gone.

We did our fiddles from the same Corian type material as the top...actually we had the counter top folks do it.
Basically it was several pieces laminated/built up, around the edges then machined back to create a radios on the inside, back down to the top.
The top of the "fiddle" also has radios edges....they worked it with what looked like a router.
The BIG thing you need to take care of with Corian type material is expansion and contraction.
The longest single piece I have is about 1.5 meters...for that I allowed 6mm for movement. this may require some creativity in hiding the space.
The purpose of our fiddle was more for containing spills then items.
If you're using the fiddle to contain items, consideration needs to be given to the height and shape to avoid creating a launching ramp...I think mine are about 30mm high on the nosing side and taper up to the back splash which is constructed the same way.
We want pictures...we want pictures..........
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The purpose of our fiddle was more for containing spills then items.
Yes. Well.... Ahem... Spills. This conjures images.... uhmmm..

(cough)

I suppose the question of... ahhhhh... the sort of... ummmm....

We're talking about your galley, right?

James?
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I came up with a dumb one. What's a fiddle?
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I came up with a dumb one. What's a fiddle?
It is a little wall or fence around the edge of tables and counter tops on boats to help keep plates and pots on the counter and off the floor when the boat rocks.

I hear the multi hull type boats eschew fiddles.
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Thank you all! James, do you have a pic of your countertop/fiddles? Sounds like what I want. I'll post a few picks of the roughed out head on this thread when I get home tonight...
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I came up with a dumb one. What's a fiddle?
It's obviously the lead instrument in most Country songs...

What do you get when you play most Country songs backwards?
You get your dog back, your wife back, and your pick-up truck...
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What do you get when you play most Country songs backwards?
You get your dog back, your wife back, and your pick-up truck...
Very cute...

What is the look of your interior finishes? We were recently aboard a boat that had corian counter tops with smoke gray plexiglass fiddles to contain whatever. On that yacht it actually looked pretty nice but certainly wouldn't have contained spills (gaps) and one couldn't likely grab the edge of the counter as a hand-hold (at least more than once). Our fiddles are 1/2" thick by 4" high teak strips around the entire outside edges of the counters and make good hand-holds as well as containing spills. Of course, we have lots of wood finishes so they fit right in.

FWIW...
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But on a more serious note... the raised edges around this galley worktop..
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Sorry for the poor picture quality Chris.

Hope they help.
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Nice. And very nearly straight.
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