Railway Detail Trim. Genus, Or Dumb? Oh It’s A Fine Line!

I was in a daze!

They say that most inspiring ideas happen by mistake, or out of necessity. My brain is like an old worn out rubber band. It just flops around smacking the inside of my head, and always looking to tweek, change or try things. And I LOVE IT! I drive people nuts, and it’s best when I just let it flow. Oh I know when to stop, but that is usually far far far past anyone elses patience, and or my budget when it comes to construction work. I do lots of photoshop to work stuff out because its cheaper than making stuff and removing it.

The vibe is starting to happen. I am feeling it

The feel of raw cut pine

Add to this when inspiration hits me, and I talk myself out of it, and yesterday was no different. I had put the pine trim up and it looked very nice and clean..ish, but lost a little sumthn sumthn, and then Bruiser needed to go outside again. This time he went to the trailer full of discarded stuff. A purgatory of sorts. And there it was. mmmmmm.. Why not? Na! thats dumb. Or is it?


Why not use the boat bottom planks from the Rivira outside? Sure it has holes…. But this IS THE Woody Boater Global HQ, and a boat yard that made wood boats. So there is a design presidence to do this. Really? I mean? WTF? mmmm So I went out to the trash, BTW, something I have done more and more of, and brought in some trim, and man oh man!


hugh? Old 5200 on this old bottom.

Things just went into a deep trance and time just ripped by. The universe aligned, and music blaring, Opera BTW, yup. It’s like a dance. Using old tools, working with mahogany, and creating art. Pure art out of materials found from the source. Like making a wonderful meal from local sourced food.

The book matched bottom planks.

The trim is now officially going to be Bilge red. Which I love the concept of. The wood now doesn’t have to be stained to dark and let some of the yellow glow work its thing.

And BAM! part of the transom from the Riviera. I think? It’s RESTORED REBEL?

I am using all sorts of scraps and found some amazing rub rail stuff

One window. The white I think will be Bilge red

Oh ya! Coming together. I did try a bunch of details, but it all felt “too much” Stainless rails, More flair.. this is a simple place, and this already is pushing it.

And it nails the other deeper vision of reuse of things around the railway. Or, like most things I do. It’s a mess, and what was I thinking? And such is the hell inside my pea brain. Walking the razor’s edge of “ingenuity” or “institution”.


19 replies
  1. Steve Anderson from Michigan
    Steve Anderson from Michigan says:

    I love it! Absolutely love it. This is a place that I would feel right at home in. We redid a 100 year old cottage with a very similar method.

    Thanks for sharing it with us, as always.

  2. Syd
    Syd says:

    I really like the idea of the trim now you need to find an old deck to make a table and find one from a baby Gar or a cruiser for your conference table

  3. John F Rothert
    John F Rothert says:

    work in that pair of beefy metal handrails I pulled out in the corner…and rock on!

    John in Va.

  4. Rick
    Rick says:

    Genius! How about some boat hardware for handles on the windows so you’re not constantly pushing on the frames? Use engine cover handles? Too much? With all this going on how can you concentrate on your day job?

    • floyd r turbo
      floyd r turbo says:

      i agree with that. Maybe smaller framed sections or just build custom little tool displays with scraps like you’ve done with the window and door framing. Otherwise, genius.

      • Matt
        Matt says:

        ya the pegboard feels kinda 1970’s . I was going to frame it all, and possibly grey it out like an industrial look. Like it was in a battle ship at some point. It will be covered with old tools so its kinda a backdrop. Maybe paneles to have areas of wrenches, Screw drivers and so on..

  5. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    As a fellow ad guy, I’m sure you’ll appreciate this line from “This is Spinal Tap”: There’s a fine line between clever and stupid. I said that a lot as a creative director. You’re staying on the right side.

  6. Art
    Art says:

    This is Art’s Art. This Molly-O was my Grandfather’s boat, a 26 foot custom built cruiser, right here in Algonac. It was sold in the late 60s to a bachelor who had a sister named Molly so he kept the name and when he died his niece inherited it. . Fast forward to the mid 90s and my son saw it advertised in a car trading ad, of all places. Yes he actually bought his great grandfathers boat. Unfortunately she kept it outside and it ended up with some unrepairable cabin rot. It became my first “Art” project in my new workshop, more commonly known as “Arts Barn”.

  7. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P ) says:

    Looking good! I like your style of decorating. Early 90s pub. I like the idea of the Chris Craft logo on the pegboard. Needs some Boatshow posters on the wall.

  8. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Nice! A perfect re-purposing, less for the landfill and great, creative solutions to the trim dilemma, not to mention limited impact on the budget. 👍🏻

  9. Jim G
    Jim G says:

    Ditch the pegboard. Frame out a section of the pine wall boards and paint it gray or white. Then hang the tools with nails and make an outline with a magic marker. I’ve been in a lot of very old auto and boat shops and that how all of them were done back in the day. Even old small town National Guard armory’s.

  10. Don Stiles
    Don Stiles says:

    So the place is coming together looks nice. Did anyone mention there was some nice Gray Tyvek up for grabs for the wood piles .still here. also, Do you have a contact number for the Gentleman that makes the cutwaters. Need to get that going.

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