The materials which go into the building of a boat are the cheapest part.
Compared to the cost of labor, a motor, a trailer, and the gear (anchor,
paddle, PFD's, compass, fire extinguisher, flares, etc), the cost of
materials is relatively small.
The difference in per unit cost between cheap materials and expensive
materials may seem significant. However, on small boats like Bagaduce, the
quantity of materials used is small, and the difference in the total
material cost is, therefore, not great.
I don't know what tools you have access to, but I have had good luck in
buying "rough sawn" lumber and using a 14" bandsaw and a thickness planer to
mill it to required dimensions--this is a little cheaper than buyng milled
lumber. If you can get "live edge" rough sawn lumber, you can frequently
exploit a curve or get a little wider plank just where you need it.
Going beyond the retailer to the saw mill can be a challenge, but I've found
that a lot of people running saw mills are really happy to talk about what
they do and that they will often be able to produce what you need.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Carter" <carter@...>
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2005 1:23 PM
Subject: [AtkinBoats] Re: Wood for Bagaduce
> --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "John B. Trussell"
> <John.Trussell@w...> wrote:
>> There are other woods to plank with. Sassafrass works nicely and
>> good while you're working with it. Finding it can be tough.
>> John t
> Lost of Sassafrass right here on my property. The problem is the tops
> blow out of them before they reach milling size and the woodpeckers
> finish them off. There is a stand of them on Lake Michigan about 100
> miles south of here. Friend bought some "on the hoof" for about $3.00
> a board foor plus cutting hauling and milling. A bit out of reach for
> a 13' skiff price wise.
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