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Which hardwood to use?

Postby jgb75 on Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:29 pm

Hi All,

Which is the best hardwood to use when constructing a ply Sabre for the side deck stringers, gunwale capping strips and tiller.

I guess the main requirements are low density and readily available at a reasonable cost. Would Silver Ash be the best bet?

Also, if anyone know of a timber supplier that would dress the hardwood to size and is within driving distance from Bayside, Melbourne that contact would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,

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Hardwood supply

Postby Tcourtney on Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:07 pm

You could try Australian Furniture Timbers in Port Melbourne
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Postby A Trace of Blue - 1666 on Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:41 pm

I used Palownia for the stringers, from Port Phillip Blinds in Moorabbin.

Much lighter.

The Hardwood Gunwale caping is dependent on what colour you want.

Using the Palownia as much as I did elsewhere allowed me to use Jarrah and still came in aroung min weight on Fiona's boat.

I prefer the Ally Tiller, easier to make and I've never had one break.
I've seen to many timber ones break at states and Nats.
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