C34 Salon Table Modification
The key to cutting the table is to take it to someone that makes
countertops. They have the saw/blade that'll cut Formica without
chipping it. If there's any cost it will be nominal. To cover the
cut thru the plywood I cut and epoxy'd on a thin strip of teak. I
think it looks better than just staining the plywood cut to match.
Catalina use much more teak on the 1986 - 1988 tables. In 1989 the
amount of teak started to decline and edging (as an example) was
replace with Formica strips. The two halves are held together with
stainless piano hinge. I made my "sliders" out of hard
board that I had on hand. Metal will also work. I banded a small
piece of bungee cord with a small loop around the table elevation
knob. The loop slips into an open brass eye, screwed to the table
underside. That way the table is secured when it's down and we're
I've seen a lot of table modifications in the past 15 years, but
this is the only one I liked. I kept my promise to my First Mate,
that HER table could still be made back into it's original full
Mark: I noticed the angled cut Ron. Why did you plan it
Ron: Good Question. The 8" side is the length between the
bottom of the table and the cushion so it would clear. The 12"
side is so I had more room on the isle side when the table was down
and that leaf still cleared my waste basket. The waste basket is
just aft of the mast being secured to the mast and the table column.
I've also seen tables with a cut that was parallel to the outside
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Last modified by Phil Imhof, Wednesday, August 11, 2004
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