Thanks for the info!
Hard to find boatbuilding type wood around here. I'll check some of
these places out.
Chris Kottaridis (Chriskot@...
On Wed, 2007-09-05 at 13:22 +0000, adventures_in_astrophotography wrote:
> Hi John, Chris,
> > For the amount of work it takes to clean up and seal inside or out
> > C side of most ACX I have seen I would pay the extra for ABX or
> > for MDO.
> As I recall, Chris is in my neck of the woods in CO. The only MDO I
> have found was up in Denver and was 3/8", although there must surely
> be other suppliers up there. The sign companies I called down here in
> Colorado Springs all said there was no local source for MDO and that
> they got theirs from Denver. In any case, I doubt MDO can be found in
> 1/4" thickness.
> I also cannot say that I have ever seen ABX in this area or in
> except in interior grade hardwood veneer plywood. Marine fir is
> sometimes available from CO Lumber on Stone St. near the old dog
> track, but its quality is not up to its price in my view - lots of
> edge voids.
> The best material I've found so far at a reasonable price is
> called AC Superply by Roseburg. This plywood has what appears to be
> a Luan A face that's very smooth and clear. The C face appears to be
> a rougher grade Luan on the 1/4" material and fir on the 1/2"
> material. They don't carry 3/8". The 1/4" is something like
> $20/sheet if I recall. I've built four or five boats with this stuff
> now, and it seems to work quite well, although none of the boats are
> more than a few years old. It's available at Front Range Lumber on
> Wadsworth just north of Jewell in Denver. They also carry marine fir,
> but I haven't looked at it. This is also the place I found the 3/8"
> MDO, which is only single-sided while the other face has plenty of
> small checks to fill.
> For solid lumber, you can get CVG fir in 4/4 and 5/4 from Austin
> Hardwoods on Mississippi west of Sante Fe in Denver. Call first so
> they can have a bundle out for you to pick through. They will also
> surface the wood with their big planer for a nominal charge. You can
> order CVG S1S2E western red cedar from Rocky Mountain Forest Products
> right off I-25 at the Fountain exit. The rough face is not very rough
> at all, and if you make it the gluing face, you won't need to surface
> it. Both of these softwoods are top shelf materials, but obviously a
> bit pricey - still, it's much less expensive than having anything
> shipped and is soooooo much nicer to work with than anything from the
> big box stores. Ash, mahogany, white oak, and other hardwoods can be
> had locally from CO Lumber if needed.
> If you want anything much better, I think you'll have to get it
> shipped in it will cost a bundle. If you do find better plywood
> locally, please let me know. FWIW, I put the C side out and glass it.
> Jon Kolb