View Full Version : Teak plywood
03-20-2003, 09:12 PM
Has anyone had any luck with the 1/4" (or thicker) teak and thyacol (sp?) plywood? I was thinking of using it on the floor in the cabin.
Just make a pattern and cut it out. But how well can it really wear? It's certainly much cheaper than the real stuff, and easier to install. That said, is it ridiculous to even THINK of using it for an aft deck?
I would only use it if you are willing to fiberglass it so the glass gets all the wear and not the wood. Otherwise I doubt it would be long before you wore throught the thin top veneer.
03-21-2003, 03:05 PM
Forget it ... its to soft. I used it for a counter top and varnished it to death and it still dents rather easily.
Maybe if I used CPES first???
03-21-2003, 08:33 PM
Are you talking about that cheapo teak and holly look-alike ply? Or actual high quality teak plywood?
It could make a difference.
03-24-2003, 10:03 PM
I've used it on my cabin sole a 2 years ago and it seems to be working alright as a cheap solution. My boat has a 3/4" plywood cabin sole so I just made templates out of a door skin, cut the teak & holly ply and used cheap verathane floor varnish thinned to seal the 1/4" covering. It takes a little thinking to get the holy lines to align properly which is what makes it a visual success.
I used epoxy to secure it to the removable sole pieces but secured the large pieces to the sole with bedding compound so that I can easily remove it when it does get dowdy in 6 -10 years. I have a friend who did the same process many years ago, and after dropping tools on it and giving it hard service it does start to look beat up. Previously I had used oak toung and grove flooring material, which worked fine for 10 years.
It was also cheap and looked fine but not as shippy, and it did swell up when it got water under it where it was not properly sealed.
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