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Old 03-20-2009, 07:07 PM
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AT LOWES THERE IS SOME 1/4 IN REDWOOD STRINGERS THAT ARE ALREADY CUT TO ABOUT 4 1/2 IN TALL AND WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD USE THEM FOR STRINGERS IN A BOAT.....

AFTER THE INSIDES OF THE BOAT IS DONE I PLAN ON COATING FIBERGLASS RESIN INSIDE THE BOAT......

THE MORE I THINK ABOUT IT I PROBABLY SHOULDNT SKIMP ON THE STRINGERS.....


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What are you attempting to build?
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A 5 FT RC MONO HULL THAT WILL HAVE A WEEDIE MOTOR IN IT [&o][:-][X(][>:][]
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Leroy,
I'll bet it would look real nice but stringers need the strength of plywood or fiberglass or something if they were wrapped in cloth and resined in they would work but most of the beauty would be lost.

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You will definately have to seal the redwood. It will probably be 3lbs heavier,,,,,give or take 10lbs..(me being a smart ass) My Father built redwood hottubs years ago. The only thing that keeps the water in a redwood hottub is the fact that the wood swells and the outer bands hold them in place. Good Luck.
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Red wood is a VERY VERY SOFT wood. Avoid it. At any price. It really can be firm red Balsa wood.
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Stick with 5 layer birch ply available at any Home Depot, Lowes, any decent lumber supplier. I get mine for $19.00 a 4x8 1/4" sheet! Heck, they even may have scraps they may be willing to GIVE to you if you ask.
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I built the below boat ONLY with 1/4" Birch plywood. Keel, frames, decks, upper structures. Fantasticly rigid. Used Tite-Bond II. 6 years old. No seperations. Dropped it 3' to a concrete foor 2 X.

ONLY cut it with a SUPERFINE toothed blade. Use a piece of scrap wood under ALL cuts to prevent chips and splinters. Especially at the end of a piece. You can use a metal chop saw if smoke does NOT BOTHER you on straight cuts. Fantastic outside edges of decks.
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Is there a Michaels store near you? They have 5 ply 1/4 birch ply 12 by 24
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Nice build Cyclops ,I build all of my wood boats with titebond 111, great stuf
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I am losing it big time. I built the PTB with 1/8" Ply.

Same 1/8" ply for the 6.......48" hydros.
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I ACTUALLY THOUGHT ABOUT USING 2 PIECES OF 1/4 IN REDWOOD FOR THE STRINGERS (GLUED TO EACHOTHER) AND THEN PUTTING RESIN ON THE INSIDE BEFORE PUTTING ON THE DECK.......
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You seem unable to resist the Redwood ?

OK at least ONLY use 1 piece for the FULL length stringer. Make up a Pine engine mounting piece the same height X 1/2" thick X about 6" long for each side. Make SMALL...1" wide X 1" long angles to get the bolt holes to go thru the side of each Pine piece on the side of the Redwoods.

You can drill lighting holes in the pine & the Redwood. Try NOT to have the hole over one another.

Planning ahead is always best before cutting. 2 rows of SMALL 1" holes in the Redwood ARE MUCH BETTER than a row of 1 big holes. Space between should be at least 2X the hole diameters. Awood hole saw would make the job very pleasant. ...WEAR HEAVY gloves!!!!The saw blade CAN grab and WHIP the wood around & smack your hand or belly.

Glue the pieces together AFTER all the hole cutting is done.

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