Bait Cutting Board

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  1. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    BAIT CUTTING BOARD​

    This bait board is made from the plastic cutting boards that can be found in the house wares section at Wal-Mart. The material is easily worked but is very durable. It can be cut with a hand or band saw and the edges can be squared and cleaned up with a sharp file. If you have access to a planer for the squaring, so much the better. The material won’t hurt the edge on your bait knife and it cleans up easily.

    Pictures 1 through 6 show the tools necessary to drill, tap and countersink the holes for the stainless screws that hold the pieces together. The tap drill is a #25 and the tap is 10-24 UNC. The through holes are drilled with a #10 and the countersink is 82 degrees to suit the screw heads.

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    Picture 7 shows the 5 pieces that make up the board. From right to left they are: base, back, front, and 2 sides.

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    Pictures 8 through 10: The first piece to be attached to the base is the back. It’s a good idea to get all the screws started before tightening any of them. Snug the head of the screw down into the countersink as shown.

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    Picture 11: Measure the width across the top of the gunwale. Be sure to the take the rub rail into account. It is important that the board fits good and tight so that it stays put while running the river.

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    Pictures 12 & 13 Transfer the measurement to the board and mark out the line for the holes for the screws that will hold the front in place. Again, start all the screws before tightening.

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  2. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Pictures 14 through 16 show the side pieces and how they attach. You can see the screws in the plastic in picture 16.

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    Picture 17 shows what appears to be a gap between the front of the board and the side if the boat. What happened to the snug fit I here you say.
    The gap is where the front squeezes over the rub rail which is not visible because it is black. You may not have a rub rail or it may be of the solid hard rubber type. Whatever the case the board has to be snug or you will lose it!

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    Picture 18 shows the board in place on the boat. The three sides keep the blood and guts out of the boat and the overhanging edge allows you scrape the unwanted stuff straight into the water.

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    …W