I have a friend who needs a folding salon table for his older 32'
sailboat that is moored in the San Francisco Bay. I am looking for
suggestions as to what would be the best wood to use and finish.
I realize that budget dictates what is and is not feasible as well as
the skill of the craftsman. I would probably be the crasftsman and I
am no woodworking master but, I am handy with tools and am willing to
spend a few hundred dollars in sawdust ;-) if that's what it takes to
become more proficient, he too is interested in the learning process.
I have basic tools, a good circular saw that I can keep within a
milimiter accuracy on a four foot cut, a top of the line Freud router
and am eager to have an excuse to buy a modest band saw (a 10in Ryobi
from the Borg.) My friend's budget is at around $200 (US) but, I
would be willing to kick in some of my own money just for the learning
experience. The table area is about three or four feet by five to six
feet (depends on some other seating modification still undergoing
consideration) and when folded over the underside of the fold would of
course be visible and useful as a work table (it probably would see
the most use.)
On the high side I imagine that Teak and Mahogany are the top choices.
What about and why not Maple (for example)? Also, what finish would
be a choice one (the boat is in salt water at all times.) Douglas
Fir, Oak and Spruce are used in boat construction are these good
candidates too and why would you choose one over the others?
I welcome a spectrum of sugggestions from the exotic to mundane
(mahogany to plywood with a venere) if anyone will be so kind as to
take the time to offer them so that I may learn from you.
His primary goal at this time is more functionalilty so closer to the
lower cost will be what he wants but, I am interested in knowlege of
how and why someone would choose and use the more exotic solutions
Thank you very kindly in advance.