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29297RE: [Michalak] What can I use this wood for?

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  • John Trussell
    Jun 25, 2014

      If you are equipped to rip wood (I’ve done it with a hand held circular saw and a rip fence though these days I prefer a band saw or table saw) and a plane or thickness planer, you can machine your “dunnage” into usable bracing for frames and cleats. If you don’t already have a pair, you will need a pair of saw horses and you have the makings of a good pair. (Note: you may want to support your hull in an inverted position, so it is worth while to build the horses a little longer than the boats beam.) There are many other uses and I rarely throw offcuts and scraps away.




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      Subject: [Michalak] What can I use this wood for?



      For $5 at Lowes yesterday I bought a pallet of dunnage they had laying around.  Most of it is Southern Yellow Pine (it's stamped as such), but there's some other stuff too.  The pieces range from about 40-50" in length.  Some are 1.5" x 2.25" and some are 3.5" x 3.5".  I was able to separate out quite a few clear pieces with no (or very small) knots that are nice and straight.  The wood is stamped "HT" which stands for heat treated, so it's also pretty dry.  I haven't actually purchased AF4 Casa plans yet, but I'm slowly building up a stockpile of lumber and am hoping that I'll be able to put some of this to use for various parts of the boat.  If not, there are about a million other things I could do with it, but just wanted to ask others since from what I hear a lot of folks tend to use 2x4s ripped in half for bulkhead frames, etc...









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