Originally Posted by Ann T. Cate
Look at a rabbit hutch. You have a circle of timber that overlaps the door that will open, it swings out of the way or into retaining position. To make them, you need the wood, a sabre
and screws. Are you DIY? Do you like KISS?
+1, get some stock about 30-40mm (1 1/2") wide and 6mm (1/4")thick and cut it into 75mm lengths. round corners, sand and vanish if you have the luxury of time and nothing better to do, otherwise just take off the sharper edges and bits of splintered wood left over from the blunt saw you quickly hacked them up with using some 36 grit.
Screw them onto the frame with a backing block behind if it's to thin. Bolts can work but they need to have nylocs or something to stop them coming loose. Use a stainless washer under the screw to help them turn smoothly and spread the load.
Add enough toggles to each locker, floorboard and door to make sure it isn't coming off, ever. unless you want it to. I normally add 4 to each bigger locker so the hinges aren't loaded.
Keep a screwdriver handy to adjust the tension as the wood expands and contracts. At sea tighten them (and tighten them even more if you are in a real blow), in port slacken them, and just use one or two of the toggles. if living aboard
you can even remove some extra toggles and replace them for offshore
You can get all fancy and countersink the washer and screw heads to stop them catching on stuff or tearing the backs of upholstery (or just stick duct tape on the back of them over the wear spots) . Maybe those funky screws with big heads and Allen keys might be the go.
I have also made smaller ones from aluminium and perspex but they are harder to work with. Cast Bronze elliptical ones would be the beez neez. Maybe a 3d Printer could knock out some cool complex shapes?
If your boat is finely finished the toggles will wear the finish off so maybe put some thing wear resistant and slippery under the circle that the toggle works around. ie formica, HDPE, stainless or bronze?