I am doing some cleaning up on my boat. It is an old beater, but I want it
to look nicer. I want to select some wood that will last to make a couple
of trays to sit fishing hardware, or to put in a hole for a drink holder.
The boat will be kept under a shade and a cover, and not left in the
weather. Is there a wood that I can buy without going to a specialty store,
say the oak at Home Depot? I need less than 4 board feet, and that is
counting on using 1/2" thick materials. Of course, the sealer would be
important. I have Varathane clear.
Keep it top coated and you can use anything you want to use. You won't find
much beyond oak, poplar or birch at HD and the oak is red, not white.
Of course, teak is always nice and weathers well if you forget to top coat
sometime. Mahogany too, including African and Philippine (meranti).
I have found mahogany at Lowes. If you use Mahogany I would do a teak
oil finish rather than varnish or something similar. The oil finishes
need to be wiped on, at least once per year, but look nicer than varnish
as the age. Varnishes crack oils do not.
I have a 1950 cedar lapstrake front deck mahogany that I did with epoxy 2
coats and then spar varnish it sometimes sits uncovered for days it has
stood up very well. Epoxy needs to be covered it will not take kindly to uv.
On Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:38:31 -0700, Steve B wrote:
I'd be tempted to use cedar. If you want 1/2" material look through the
stacks of fence boards to find ones with enough clear pieces. They're
about 5/8" thick in most cases, but after you plane down the cedar to
smooth it (a thickness sander is best) you'll have about 1/2".
No matter which wood you wind up using, I'd seal all sides with SealCoat
and then add U/V resistant poly.
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
White oak is very rot resistant.
I think cedar , mohogany, and teak are like wise.
What about marine grade ply?
My thinking on boats is epoxy finish then spar finish over epoxy.
But then again, I have not built a boat.
On 6/5/2012 2:38 PM, Steve B wrote:
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