question on strip planking

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by advobwhite, Aug 30, 2015.

  1. Steve W
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    Steve W Senior Member

    Unless the fence material is cedar and without a lot of knots i personally would not want to waste my labor on it. You want a light weight material so if its pine or similar don't waste your time. For a small boat like a canoe the material cost is just not that much so just buy some nice clear cedar.
    I have built many strip plank composite boats but most are larger in the mid 30ft range except for one 12ft sailing dinghy of my own design. I always scarf the planks to full length as we are applying quite a few planks in a day and don't want to be dicking around trying to keep butts in line. I also don't bother with running bead and cove edges either as you get nice tight seams on the inside and even with 16 or 19mm thick planks the seams are very small even on the outside. The hulls are always bright finished on the inside (where it doesn't see a lot of uv)and painted on the outside where it does.

    Steve.
     
  2. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Again, these typically are PT, flat sawn, from farm raised stock. It's sold at the big box stores and is full of defects of every type. Of course, it could also be finely milled from pretty, durable quarter sawn, but this would be the exception to the rule for typical fencing stock. A picture of this pile of lumber would reveal all.
     
  3. Jammer Six

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    There is clear wood in virtually every piece of lumber. The question is never whether or not it is there, the question is whether or not it's big enough to justify the labor of using it.

    You guys are all talking about different issues.
     

  4. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    You obviously don't know much about wooden boat construction or the materials and techniques typically employed in them, which is obvious in your other posts on other subjects, as well. You have some understanding and undefendable opinions, about wood working and land based building, but much of this doesn't translate well in the marine environment. You should spend your time on housebuilders.com instead.
     
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