Any recommendations on the type of wood to use for a wooden bath tub, I've
read that Teak and Redwood are a couple of the top choices. Are there any
plans available that I can purchase or download that any of you folks may
be aware of?
Thanks in advanced.
I would think you could choose from a variety of woods that have the
characteristics of durability (good resistance to decay), hardness, and
low movement when exposed to humidity changes. Teak fits the bill, but
at $10-$20/BF, you could save some serious money going with something
else. With redwood being one of the softest woods available, you may
want to think twice about that. In general, most tropical species fare
better than domestic American species in all of the above categories
with a few exceptions. Walnut and cherry are durable, reasonably hard,
and have average movement. White oak is durable and hard, but moves
more than cherry and walnut. You could choose from a variety of
tropicals that have all of the characteristics you want and would be
less expensive than teak including bubinga ($$), canarywood, goncalo
alves ($$), ipe, jarrah, jatoba, Honduras mahogany (NOT African),
padouk, Spanish cedar (kinda soft), and Brazilian Walnut. I'll post a
copy of my wood species spreadsheet on
alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking. Most of the data is taken from the
Forest Service web site at
http://www2.fpl.fs.fed.us/TechSheets/techmenu.html with some other
sources thrown in to round it out. It gives common names, botanical
name, specific gravity, hardness and shrinkage in drying, which should
give a good idea of comparative movement in use.
Depending on where you are located, sassafrass may be a good choice.
Looks a lot like oak or chestnut, not as hard, resists rot, smells
nice (like root beer, which was made from sassafrass root bark) and
is dirt cheap near where that it grows.
I saw one once made from pine. My advise would be to save your time and
money by selecting a different project. The nice thing about a bathtub is
that there is almost no maintenance! Combine wood and water and you have a
boat; in this case an inside out boat but nevertheless a boat. Maintenance
will be considerable if it is to be kept in good looking condition.
It used to be common to make large photo darkroom sinks out of cypress.
Probably but I know of none. I would think that any would need to
incorporate a joint between the strakes so that when swollen it will not
leak (gotta keep it wet and swollen). Sort of like a carvel planked
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Hot tubs have been made with redwood forever and white oak is used
for wine and liquor barrels too.
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Of all the places to remove a splinter I think my arse could be the
toughest spot to get to. You'd get a woodie every time you got in the
tub which makes me think of a worse place to get a splinter.
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