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Timbers used in boat construction

Postby magic232 on Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:43 pm

Hello all,

I would be grateful if anyone could elaborate on what types of wood they used apart from the ply when they built their sabre. I'm referring to the hardwoods and softwoods used for things like glue blocks, battens on floor, centre case frame, side tank top stringers etc. Any advice would be great ! Cheers John
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Re: Timbers used in boat construction

Postby HelterSkelter on Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:34 pm

John
I am not a boat builder but in re-framing my boat I used surian cedar for all stringers and frames supports, treated pine for all backing blocks and meranti for the top rails of the centre board case to the centre case bulkhead. I also used treated pine over western red cedar for gunnels and treated pine for the floor supports.
Also be careful and don't smoother areas to be glued with epoxy glue, as it is heavy and proper clamping or pressure is sufficient to get a good bond. Same with glassing use only enough epoxy and keep rolling the glass until all epoxy is absorbed as again the epoxy adds weight.

Weight should not be a problem. I weighed all timber and epoxy used when re-framing having weighed the spoil I removed and was able to reasonably know the final weight.

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Re: Timbers used in boat construction

Postby magic232 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:55 pm

Thank you Alan.

I will be a bit limited for choice given my location. I will have to look around.

regards
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Re: Timbers used in boat construction

Postby harold on Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:52 pm

Hi John

I used Western Red Cedar for everything except the gunwhale. I used 7mm of Vic Ash over cedar for the gunwhale. 4.5 years use in strong wind and waves and no breakdowns. I would use a bigger section for the top of the centrecase if I built another boat to improve stiffness at that point.

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Re: Timbers used in boat construction

Postby magic232 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:47 pm

Thank you Harold.

I appreciate your reply. I imagine I can get hold of that up here in the NT. I will email you with some other queries I have also,

Kind regards John
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