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I'm building a live well out of a large Coleman cooler--electric pump, PVC aeration pipe, the works. The top/lid of the thing tapers to exactly 14"x32". I thought, "Let's turn the top of it into a bait cutting/fish fileting board!".

I want to get a nice single piece of wood an inch thick by 14" by 32".

Any of you guys who deal with building materials happen to know what a piece like this would cost? I know a 14" board is no joke, but not unheard of. Type of wood doesn't really matter but I would prefer a hardwood.

Home Depot didn't have anything in 14" and I don't want to use plywood. If it is cost-prohibitive, I might consider making a two-piece top, but I would really like to go with a single piece.


Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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A single piece of board that big will be hard to find and not cheap. I also think it will be prone to warping and cracking.
Plywood is available, cheap and will work. You can buy plywood that has an oak ply on it and other types of wood ply are available.
What ever you use treat the wood with mineral oil. Put a few coats on it before mounting. Mineral oil will not get sticky or turn foul so it is good for wood cutting boards, butcher block counters etc.
Mineral oil can be hard to find some times, the last time I found it at Bed Bath and Beyond.
 

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Tou might want to look onto oak strips and glue and dowl them together. or get a peice of pvc and use that
 

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Owen,

I had to fix the transom on my boat here is the thread.

http://www.coloradofisherman.com/forum/3-colorado-fishing/75833-fixing-my-old-lund-need-point-right-direction.html

I looked at a lot of different materials and Steve and Terri came up with the best two options in Steve's concrete form plywood (incredibly tough), I remember he said he found a piece that had floated around in Granby for a long time and it was pretty unfazed. Terry suggested some plastic that they use for boat decking...there are lots of plastic sheet manufacturers and sellers on the web you just have to search...here is terri's...


http://precisionboard.com/products/high-density-urethane-pblt/

If you make a cutting board look into ironwood...

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=37492.0
 

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Yah the plastic coated form ply works good but your knives will scratch it, here's what I used for the last one I made Poly
 

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I made one that was very similar to redleader's. I used the urethayne product and think you will be way better off vs. wood... it is a bit lighter and way easier to clean. It's crazy how close to Redleader's mine was!!! It mounted on top of a chair pedestal, so it could move throughout the boat.
 

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Attach a poly cutting board to it with a long enough cord so you can toss it in the water to rinse it off.
You wood idea is classy and nice etc. Its heavy, maintenance intensive and won't help your fishing
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I'll definitely take them all into consideration and come up with something serviceable.

I really like wood, but it may not be the most practical thing here.

GRACIAS
 

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Call a plastics place and get some UHMW plastic. I got a piece of 36x36x3/8 it wasn't bad at all. Also same stuffused for sled runners and industrial wear bars. Its what you want trust me.
 

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Cool stuff. I still want to do a wood board, but I will likely go with the plastics or poly board as suggested by RL and Oyey. Tough to argue with the likes of those guys.
 

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Been looking around and my work uses a ton of UHMW for table tops and such. Good solid stuff, really nice cutting surface. I'm going to find out where they get it and get some. I found a big ass piece out in the boneyard and maybe I can convince the Maintenance guys to cut me a section...
 

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So here's the deal... Took some pix of the material at work today.

Large 1"x36"x72" sheet in the boneyard"




Up close on the same piece:




A couple table top applications:

1/2" thick:




3/4" thick:




Here's basically what the cooler looks like (pic from internet)




The cooler I have is older and shaped a little differently on the lid. The lid is 14x32 at the very top (after the taper)

I plan to take the piece of poly, attach (4) 3" circular discs on the bottom side to correspond to the cup holders (to sort of lock it in place from sliding) and attach the top and the cooler with a 6' cord/rope (to allow cleaning).


Sound like a winner?
 

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Awesome score man. That's a pricy price. Like 200-400$. I dig it. UHMW had some really cool properties, if your into the science of things.
 

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Well, I don't own the board yet... Just found it in the boneyard. Technically it isn't "trash", just put out there until they either find use for it or they throw it away.

I'm hoping they will cut me a piece, but I am not confident they will.
 

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Dude ship me some of that 3/4 !!! do you know what that sheet cost here LOL
I made one just like Redleaders was not cheap once I bought the Stainless steel for it. But was still less the half of a 3 foot bait station would cost
So I installed two fish grippers to mine off of old fish cleaning boards my friends had and it had the backs and sides also. I also cut in knife holder slots, you should put a pad in the front and holes in the back so juices run to the back.
Some good material there 3/4 is better. I would love some of that.

You can also use larger store bought plastic or would cutting boards to make yours. They sale large UHMW cutting boards at SAMS club Cheap.
 

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Thanks Rangler. Yea, I had planned on putting some half moons on the backstop right at the bottom for flow...

Should be a done deal... The Maintenance supervisor said that if I wait until after Christmas, the superintendent will be back in and would likely give me the whole 72" x 36" x 1" sheet for free since it has the slightest of warps and can no longer be used as a food-safe table top.
 

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Finally got the salvage permit for my UHMW board. Brought it home last night.









I'll start work on the bait station next week... if I can get a day off
 
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