T A B L E
Why apply liquid to an angled surface when most if not all can be done on the flat –
and then pick up a smooth finish on a full size part, which has to take a fair line?
WIth KSS all main laminating is done off the boat.
The simplest table surface and the one we recommend for a one-off project, is based on
sheets of melamine covered chipboard or MDF. The pictures are of the table made for the
Colorado workshop. It took 2 hours and $120 to make. Sheets of good quality melamine are
butt joined, with plenty of white wood glue and resting on trestles. The table used for
workshops and R&D at the home office in Waihi, NZ was made 7 years ago. It is a Formica
surface and has had a lot of wear and tear. Everyone who sees the gel coat surface on
the hulls says “I would be happy with that”.
There is a choice of finish to the melamine. Gloss or very slightly patterned. If planning
to remain with the finish from the table, the gloss is best. If planning to use sandable
gel coat and go for the high quality paint finish, the slight pattern works well and gets
removed, along with any print through while preparing for painting. When using a white gel
coat, which will be the final finish, it is preferable to use a colored surface. It will
show up any thin areas of gel which would show through on the final panel.
Where a table is to be used for more than one project, it may be worth looking at other
options and we can advise.