My number one concern for wood species used would be natural rot
due to exposure to water etc. Teak I know is used a lot in sailboat
decks ? ? ? This assumes that glue could adhere to it strongly.
I may have heard that some oily woods dont glue real well.
Contact the wood workers equipment supply stores and ask about local
custom wood sellers. There are lots of cabinet/furniture builders
and carvers to keep those guys busy. Not too long ago I bought
some maple to make a chopping block for a new kitchen counter
I was building.
> Take a look in your phone books from surrounding rural areas for
> Sawmills & Hardwood dealers. You should be able to find both Cedar
> and Ash if you do some looking, also Cypress may available as far
> North as Atlanta. Be sure to get wood that has not been Kiln Dried,
> either air dried, or if possible freshly cut. Kiln dried wood does
> not take kindly to steam bending.
> Ash is probably the easiest to bend and is strong, Cedar is light, but
> the eastern variety has a lot of knots from my experience. Cypress is
> almost as as light, but rather localized to areas where it grows. We
> have it available here in Florida, don't know about your area. Also,
> if your want a strong wood for the frame, there is always White Oak.
> Strong, steam bends easily, but it is heavy.
> You can cut down your strips from larger stock. Pay attention to the
> direction of the grain, and cut accordingly. A table saw is just
> about a given, a thickness planer is nice, but you can live without it.
> Also, in the Atlanta area is Aircraft Spruce who carry Heat Shrinkable
> Dacron, Kevlar Roving and a good assortment of adhesives. My cost for
> the covering and roving for my Arrow14 was about half of the cost from
> GA. You could pickup and save shipping as well. They carry wood,
> but it is very pricey.
> --- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "georgiasailor52"
> <michaelkentmueller@...> wrote:
> > I live in the Atlanta, Georgia USA area. Am not familiar with the
> > assortment of woods that might be available from lumber companies
> > other than Home Depot/Lowes. I wonder if the recommended varieties are
> > readily available since the Aerolite boats were designed.
> > Recommendations regarding species selection, available sizes, and
> > general availability would be appreciated.
> > How are the strips (stringers and ribs) produced. Are they ripped
> > using the table saw from the 2x12's that are mentioned on the GA web
> > Any estimates of wood material cost for Snowshoe 14 or similar boats.
> > The plans and partial kits seemed to be very attractively priced.
> > What are your opinions of the instructional materials provided with
> > the plans?
> > Best Regards,
> > Mike Mueller
> > ....
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