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Side bench/gun storage to withstand weight?

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Side bench/gun storage to withstand weight?
I?m modding a Jon boat, and wanting to add a side bench that will also act as gun storage. I?m trying to balance weight and sturdiness. I?m installing an aluminum sub floor, but thinking a matching aluminum side bench with storage might not be sturdy enough for some big boys. I,e. 250-300+ lbs.

Anyone have an suggestions? So far I have thought about using tubed aluminum framing with marine grade plywood for the siding and top of the bench. Would there be a better option, or any suggestions?

Thank you for any insight!


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I have a factory long aluminum rod storage/gun bx in my 2072 and it would support a lot more than 3 big guys. Its 1/8" thick all the way around with hinged door on top about 1/2 its length. Door starts about a Ft. from end so that you get the structural integrity of a bx on that end. I actually have fold down seats mounted for 3 gunners along length of bx. as boats used with blind during season.
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Good morning, Andy~


Wood is typically stiffer than most other materials (without special reinforcements). I'd think about an aluminum lid to keep water out but put a wooden seat over it, just screwed down in a 2 or 3 spots. Lumber would be stiffer than plywood. I'd use Cedar slats to distribute the weight - and to drain nuisance water.


Hope this helps!


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com