Re: [AtkinBoats] Re: Cypress as a boatbuilding material? Suitable for planking? Help!
- If I'm not mistaken they used to make water pipes using
cypress down south, and they buried them in the ground with
no worry about rot. Some lasted more than 100 years too
from what I recall.
> When I was a young man I built a 14 foot Chesapeake bay
> skiff of cypress. I slid it into the back of my pickup
> and then out into the Cheasapeake bay by myself. We used
> it all summer and in the fall I needed to haul it out and
> paint the bottom. The skiff that I had loaded and
> launched alone took five friends to drag it from the
> water, It had absorbed about 500 pounds of water over the
> summer. That is the only drawback of Cypress. Good wood
> for a workboat because when saturated with water it
> becomes tough and stringy, also heavy. Mike
- Hi Jerry, I don't ever recall seeing Cypress but have always heard its praises mostly for interior woodworking. I seem to remember hearing the wood paneling on the t.v. set office of 'Perry Mason' (Dahhh...DA,DA, Dah) was Cypress, don't know for sure, beautiful anyway. Because of reputation and what seems to me inexpensive price, I would get Cypress for some other project (furn?) & Pine for the boat. Thanks, Mike
--- On Wed, 7/16/08, Jerry Martin <jhoneycutt277@...> wrote:
> From: Jerry Martin <jhoneycutt277@...>
> Subject: [AtkinBoats] Cypress as a boatbuilding material? Suitable for planking? Help!
> To: AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008, 1:51 PM
> I have the Atkin Freda Himmelmann dory plans and access to
> some nice air
> dried cypress for a good price. I was wondering if anyone
> here has
> experience with using this wood as planking for their boat?
> I would
> appreciate any input. I can also get some clear white pine,
> albeit at a
> slightly higher price. I have also considered using marine
> ply as a
> non-traditional material, lapstraked & Epoxied per John
> and Ruth Ann
> Hill's book.
> Best regards,
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- Cypress is a great for planking, It is rot resistant, strong, and limber. However when it is green it is not the easiest wood to cut. When I was a kid I made my Mom a cypres knee lamp. My cousin and I spent 2 days just cutting a knee about 4" in diameter. Neither of ever tried to cut another...
Jewel (aka JJ) & Irene Johnson
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- I've got a cypress picnic table in my back yard. My dad built it fifty
years ago. The wood he used was reclaimed from a water tank for a
neighborhood running water system which was became obsolete when the
town installed a municipal water system (a long long time ago). The
wood is quite likely a hundred years old, and has been out in the
weather the whole time, and is essentially rot free. In addition, I
find it to be a very pleasant wood to work with. It can absorb a lot
of water, and as a consequence, it expands and contracts more than
most woods. I think I have heard that the remarkable rot resistance is
present only in the heartwood.
If you're going to use cypress, be sure to build a boat that you'll
want to last a long time. If it's a little bit out of plumb or a
little bit ugly, you'll have lots of time for regrets. On the other
hand, that clear white pine will likely be gone in less than fifteen
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "Jerry Martin" <jhoneycutt277@...>
> I have the Atkin Freda Himmelmann dory plans and access to some nice air
> dried cypress for a good price. I was wondering if anyone here has
> experience with using this wood as planking for their boat? I would
> appreciate any input. I can also get some clear white pine, albeit at a
> slightly higher price. I have also considered using marine ply as a
> non-traditional material, lapstraked & Epoxied per John and Ruth Ann
> Hill's book.
> Best regards,