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09-13-2006, 09:53 PM
While i slowly work on my wooden boat restoration i have had my sailing fix on a fiberglass boat which i race. Recently i've seen some new glass boats with laid teak decks. So im thinking of doing a teak floor in the cockpit of my boat. what do you think the thinnest veneer is we could glue to a fiberglass floor? its got a little flex to it as is. Considering we race i want to keep the added weight to a minimum. I also need a source for teak in the philadelphia area.

09-13-2006, 10:02 PM
if your deck is perfectly clean, you should be able to put down teak veneer at about 1/4 of an inch thick......36 square feet of the epoxy/wood/finish material will add about 48 pounds weight.

Bruce Hooke
09-13-2006, 10:11 PM
It is quite possible to do a veneer as thin as 1/8". What you gain from a thicker veneer is a longer lifespan before cleaning and traffic wear through the veneer. There is a good article on how to do it here:


The http://www.woodfinder.com/ website is a good source of information on where to find wood. For teak in Philly it is coming up with this place as the closest place to downtown http://www.lumber-1.com/ as well as a bunch of others within a reasonably range of the city.

09-13-2006, 11:28 PM
That is a very good article. A few suggestions:
- If you use thin stock (1/4" or less), forget about edge setting it (bending laterally).
- For really thin stuff (1/8"), tighten the spacing of the clamp-down screws to 6".
- For small areas, smaller tools, like RO sanders, scrapers or Fein sanders will be useful.
- If you use the epoxy-graphite mix in the seams, its dust will hopelessly fill the pores of the wood and make it look awful. I like the TDS goo for this purpose. Polysulfide (boatlife) is OK, too.

Thad Van Gilder
09-14-2006, 08:33 AM
I get my teak from Kevin Yardley in the sellersville area.
mention me. I have been buying my teak from him for years.
He does business as diamond tropical hardwoods. I just put a teak floor in my house from him.