Cockpit Table Repair

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Cockpit Table Repair

Post by TBOT422 » Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:47 am

Our cockpit table is beginning to separate at the hinge. It appears the core of the table top that the hinges are screwed to is separating from the molded table top. Has anyone else had this problem and how did you repair it? I am considering drilling through the table top and installing flush mounted through bolts to hold the 'sandwich' together then fill the hinge screw holes with dowel rod to provide a solid hinge connection. Another option would be to remove the table top and cut out the portion that is separating and try to bond some sort of replacement back in the space and hope it holds together for another 10-15 years.
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Re: Cockpit Table Repair

Post by Vindaloo » Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:21 pm

My screws were broken out when the bimini installer step on the edge. I removed the table, removed the remaining screws, and filled all the holes with high strength thicken West Epoxy. Then redrilled and screwed the hinge back on. It has been trouble free for several years.
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Re: Cockpit Table Repair

Post by TBOT422 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:12 am

Yes, but that's not my quandary. I know the second picture is not real clear, but my problem is that the wood core in the center table top seems to be separating from the molded top. Note the crack around the corner. The actual table top core that the hinge screws go into is loose and moving. I can't tell whether the entire core is lose or if it is simply delaminating plywood. Somehow I need to secure the core back to the molded top so that there is a solid base to attach the hinge or cut out the lose portion of the core and replace it.
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Re: Cockpit Table Repair

Post by wolfe10 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:53 am

Because the shape of the table top really protects the plywood core from water intrusion, very likely this is just lack of enough glue/epoxy (whatever they used to laminate core to top and bottom).

Wonder if you can drill a couple of holes from the underside almost all the way through to the top and inject epoxy. Also fill the cracks around the perimeter and the holes for the hinges. Then drill and install the hinges.

Worse case would be to use a dremel to separate the table top from bottom, remove core and epoxy in new one. Would try the above first unless the cracks in the photo would allow for an easy separation of top from bottom/core.
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Re: Cockpit Table Repair

Post by S/V LONG TIME NO SEA » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:40 pm

I have had the same problem with the cockpit table on my 2004 C-350. My first mate repaired ours by using a dremel tool, and grinding out any loose material then filled all the screw holes, and cracks with an epoxy. Let set 24-48 hours then realign piano style hinge with holes that were filled with epoxy. We drilled out smaller pilot holes, and used a little longer ss screw, and reassembled hinges. That was about 6 months ago, and is holding well!! We also had some small horizontal cracks in the top gel coat on table top center section which we sanded lightly and filled with gel coat then buffed and polished. You can still sell the lines of the cracks but it seems to have stopped anymore cracking.

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Re: Cockpit Table Repair

Post by jmcbraye@hotmail.com » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:21 am

How about using bigger hinges after regluing? Maybe a combination of gate type and piano hinges...

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Re: Cockpit Table Repair

Post by TBOT422 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:33 pm

Sounds like it is time to break out the Dremel.
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