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Old 12-22-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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Door strikes...

Could not find replacement door strikes, so I made three of them out of a piece of .051" thick phosphor bronze I had. Remains to be seen if this particular alloy will stand up in an ocean environment.
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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Nice work. I just finished grinding a brass close-but-not-quite-right striker plate to fit for my head door. The boat came to me without one...just the latch into a wood hole. I knew that wasn't going to last long. Plan to install it on my next trip to the boat but yours look nicer.
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Phosphor bronze should stand up very well long term.
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I know it is an odd choice of material, but I just happened to have it on hand. Kind of exotic to put on a boat for such a mundane function as a door strike, but somewhere in Southern California is a 30' Tollycraft (my previous boat)with a custom made stainless steel anchor pulpit with a Teflon, yes, a Teflon bow roller.
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Pricey material for a bow roller but if you have it on hand and it was paid for by another job and left over then use what you have. Nothing wrong with that.
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Nice work. You can be proud of those. What tools did you use?
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An ancient Atlas 6" lathe with a milling attachment. As you can see I made a holding jig out of a block of wood and used a 1/2" end mill to mill the hole.
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The way you mounted the plate to machine it is very clever.
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Old 12-25-2013, 01:41 PM   #9
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After 40 plus years as a millwright one does learn some tricks of the trade.
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