47610Re: [bolger] MDO question
- Jan 6, 2006Ronzo--There are periodic threads about MDO on this group. I recently
completed a stitch and glue boat using Olympus MDO plywood. This product
is used to make highway signs and obviously Transportation Departments have
more clout with plywood manufacturers than amateur boatbuilders. I find
that it is very nice to work with if you ignore the smell of what I suspect
is urea formaldahyde glue when you cut it.
I chose it because the sanding and filling necessary to get an acceptable
paint job is my least favorite part of boatbuilding. MDO cuts this time
I would caution you that MDO comes in several variations, including some
that is intended for concrete forms. I don't know if this would be suitable
for boatbuilding. My experience is limited to highway sign material, and I
----- Original Message -----
From: "ronporterus" <ronald.porter@...>
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2006 10:51 AM
Subject: [bolger] MDO question
> MDO has been mentioned on this list several times but I am confused as
> to its recommended use in boatbuilding. I think I remember one
> posting that stated that MDO is ready to paint - no cloth or epoxy
> required (that may have been used in reference to a builder not
> planning to sheath with FG and epoxy). I have costed various types of
> plywood. There is no significant difference in cost in this area
> between 1/2 inch marine and 1/2 inch MDO. What are strengths and
> weaknesses of of single faced and double faced MDO?
> My apologies in advance to the group of this question should be posed
> elsewhere since the plans are not from Bolger.
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