It'd be foolish to build a boat like Rocking Chair with lumber from Home
Despot. You'll need a truckfull of lumber, so go to a lumber yard where the
homebuilders buy their lumber. Anywhere big enough to support a Despot will
have at least one wholesale lumber yard servicing the building trades.
They'll give you a better price, deliver the wood (probably for free), and
you'll get to talk to people who know at least a little about wood and its
grades, though they probably won't know beans about boatbuilding.
I've found that most counter people in the outfits, of all sorts, catering
to business customers are quite helpful when you walk in and tell them about
an interesting project. It brightens up their day. Most of their business is
just the same old thing over and over again with minor variations, so they
welcome the chance to think about something different. If you've got
pictures (or plans) to show them it's even better. I made lots of counter
people happy when I was building a giant automated willy several years ago!
(don't look if you lack a sense of humor)
The wood you want for a boat like Rocking Chair would have small, tight
knots, and no splits or warping. I'm afraid I don't know anything about
lumber grades (that's why you buy from people who do). Quarter sawn
(vertical grain) would be nice, but not necessary. Use the planks with the
most vertical grain on the topsides, since they will shrink and swell less
in width with variations in moisture. To get the best wood, buy bigger
dimensions, even if that means resawing later. The bigger stuff comes from
bigger trees. They make 2x4s out of toothpicks anymore, I've seen lots of
them showing the round of the outside of the tree on two edges! Heartwood
lasts better than sapwood, but you'll have trouble finding it these days...
On Thu, 11 Mar 2004 23:32:03 -0000, woodcraftssuch wrote:
> If a guy was to build a hull like the Rocking Chair with planks of
> wood,what would be a reasonable grade of wood to use as far as knots
> or imperfections? On a scale of kiln dried to green what would be
> best? If a guys' only access to the forest is the Home Despot,could
> he pick thru the piles of yellow pine 1 or 2xstuff and build a boat
> with a reasonable life expectancy?
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