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05-13-2002, 10:30 AM
Is it okay to use salveged fir timbers from old factories to make the keel of a 26" boat? Some of these timbers are over 18" square. There is very little checking on any of the timbers and I didn't see any knots. What would I look for to know if they are no longer any good to use? What other woods could be used?
05-13-2002, 02:44 PM
I would think they'd be ideal. Got any more? :D
Other woods? any of the oaks. Is this a salt water boat?
05-13-2002, 04:25 PM
Yes it will be a salty boat.
The only problem with realy old fir is that it "tempers"; it gets realy hard and can be a real b**** to machine; keep your tools sharp and the kids out of hearing range.
05-13-2002, 06:42 PM
the tempering effect also can make a stick more brittle , which can be an issue if resawing for planking, but for a keel ...no problem at all.
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