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05-17-2011, 06:41 PM
Is Larch an appropriate timber for small boat spars (2 1/2" diameter, 13' length)?
05-17-2011, 11:28 PM
Western Larch is a softwood. It is one of the strongest softwoods. If what you have is completely dry and pitch free. I say go for it.
05-18-2011, 12:32 AM
Larch is very heavy though. Not perfekt for a spar.
My choice would be something lighter like pine or spruce.
05-18-2011, 09:16 AM
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05-18-2011, 09:59 AM
The larch we have here would be totally full of knots - not good.
13' x 2 1/2" dia is so small that my mind first springs to two nice clear spruce 2x4s from your local lumber store. Probably $15 total.
You could hog out a small rabbett from each of them before gluing together - making the spar lighter at (no) reduction in strength while also reducing its liklihood of checking.
My 2 cents,
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