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12-12-2001, 06:25 AM
am replacing windows on my 24' offshore fisherman. were aluminum framed, about to be wood. white oak, or mahogany? will be epoxied, and painted. new hardtop to follow. thanks, stan
12-12-2001, 07:44 AM
No contest. Mahogany takes paint much better than white oak.
12-12-2001, 09:22 AM
Use plywood....in order to get the strength comparable to the welded aluminum seams, the epoxied hardwood won't do and becuse you're not looking for the varnished finish. Cut them out from solid ply and router out for the pane.
Alan D. Hyde
12-12-2001, 10:03 AM
I have mahogany frames in bad shape on my 27' Chris-Craft Sea Skiff. I plan to replace them with cherry frames.
The old cabinetmakers called cherry "American mahogany," and its characteristics are somewhat similar.
I do plan to rub them with 50/50 linseed oil and turpentine, and then wax them, however.
Since you're planning on painting, the choices available to you will be wider.
12-12-2001, 05:39 PM
thank you gentlemen for the response. hadn't thought of cherry, will see what's available when i stop off at hardwoods of houston. mahogany is my first choice, but i hate the thought of painting that wood! the old aluminum frame was not welded, which led to removal of the hardtop to begin with as the whole top started to sway while underway. white oak seemed reasonable, however, since i'm epoxying these frames to the hull i was concerned about the bond between materials. these new frames will not support the new hardtop. curtains will close the opening between window frames, and hardtop. now, having rattled on about that, i either paint a fine mahogany, or worry about the epoxy bond on white oak. stan
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