Re: Cypress as a boatbuilding material? Suitable for planking? Help!
- 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,