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Old 27-12-2014, 21:28   #1
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Galley Rebuild Bamboo Counters

The galley rebuild is just about complete. I had it done in Subic bay PI. Tore out the old Grunert engine driven system. The huge old frig/freezer came out as one molded unit with inadequate insulation glued to it.

We used bamboo exterior decking for the counters. New freezer / fridge box and 12V air cooled system. We also moved the stove about 6 inches closer to the hull and narrowed the cabinets above, so bigger galley and more usable counter space.

Still need to oil the counter above and below. Tung oil is recommended.

First 3 pics are the old galley.
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Old 27-12-2014, 21:55   #2
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Re: Galley Rebuild Bamboo Counters

I like the new countertops in bamboo.
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Old 27-12-2014, 22:05   #3
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Galley Rebuild Bamboo Counters

Yes, big improvement, I hate to say it, but the countertops look so nice, they make the stove look old.
This is what I call creeping elegence. Put a new top on the old convertable, and the paint job looks like crap, paint it, and the upholstery looks bad.
Hard to stop, but the countertops do look a lot better

Sink looks good too, it is new right?
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Old 28-12-2014, 01:38   #4
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Yep the stove is an old bugger but it's still kicking. Sink is new.
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Looks great. Did you soak a chunk of the bamboo ply in a glass of water for a day or two to check how waterproof the glue is before you stared the project?
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very nice.
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NICE job!
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Yep the stove is an old bugger but it's still kicking. Sink is new.
That looks like an old Force 10. Good news if you ever replace it, as the dimensions of the current models are pretty much exactly the same, except you'll need to reposition the gimbal brackets a bit.
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Re: Galley Rebuild Bamboo Counters

I have a Newport 30 MK II 1976 that doesn't have a stove, and I want to make the Ice Box into a Freezer/Refrigerator. We don't think we would use an oven, so am thinking of making the Freezer/Refrigerator expand under a gas cook top stove. What you have done makes me think of pulling the counter top off mine and do a revamp job. How are counter tops secured? Did you have much trouble removing the old ones? Your project really looks great.
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Looks great. Did you soak a chunk of the bamboo ply in a glass of water for a day or two to check how waterproof the glue is before you stared the project?
Yeah... hopefully when he says "exterior decking" it will stay together. I have a Bamboo cutting board that started coming unglued after less than a couple years. Friends put Bamboo interior floors in their custom house but aren't liking it very well either... as far as durability....
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Yep the stove is an old bugger but it's still kicking. Sink is new.

Pull the stove out and spend a few hours with some SS Polish and I bet it will look great.


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Yeah... hopefully when he says "exterior decking" it will stay together. I have a Bamboo cutting board that started coming unglued after less than a couple years. Friends put Bamboo interior floors in their custom house but aren't liking it very well either... as far as durability....
I've got some bamboo cutting boards I've had for years and they are as tough as nails, which is one reason, besides the good looks, that I've rolled the dice. Doesn't seem a manufacturer would go through the process and use crappy glue.

The stock used was planking 4" X 1/2" X 8' that were epoxied together.

We will see.
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Looks great. Did you soak a chunk of the bamboo ply in a glass of water for a day or two to check how waterproof the glue is before you stared the project?
It's not really a vertical ply like in plywood. It's full depth strips laminated together so I guess you'd call it a horizontal ply. We'll oil it from below and above for moisture protection/control. Concern with moisture is why I went with a sink with a drain pan for drying dishes.
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I have a Newport 30 MK II 1976 that doesn't have a stove, and I want to make the Ice Box into a Freezer/Refrigerator. We don't think we would use an oven, so am thinking of making the Freezer/Refrigerator expand under a gas cook top stove. What you have done makes me think of pulling the counter top off mine and do a revamp job. How are counter tops secured? Did you have much trouble removing the old ones? Your project really looks great.
I wasn't there when the counters were removed. The new counters were screwed and glued (urethane caulk) to the frame below. See third picture and the counter on the left which has the frame installed ready for the counter.
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Go online and get some Prism Polish, it will make the stove look like new. I don't know what's in it, but is is an incredible metal polish. Brought an old bronze bell like new with ease, after half a dozen other metal polishes did nothing.
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