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bmas
11-21-2006, 12:06 PM
I recently found a log of yellow cedar on the beach, it measured about one foot diameter by 17 feet long. Me and a friend muscled it off the beach (not an easy task) and despite its small size I had it milled into one-by stock (flatsawn, due to size). I counted the rings and it was about 170-190 year old tree, it contains knots but they are all pretty small and sound. My question is if this is suitable boatbuilding lumber?. I was thinking maybe for the frames and other parts of a dory I would like to build. Thankyou, bmas

Bob Smalser
11-21-2006, 12:11 PM
Yes.

Doug Fir would be suspect, but any of the cedars will be fine.

Thad Van Gilder
11-21-2006, 12:18 PM
yes, just fine

-Thad

bmas
11-21-2006, 12:32 PM
thankyou for the response, How important is obtaining quartersawn lumber when dealing with yellow cedar?

Bob Smalser
11-21-2006, 12:49 PM
thankyou for the response, How important is obtaining quartersawn lumber when dealing with yellow cedar?

Depends on what you're gonna use it for. This is a fairly stable wood. You can use flatsawn cedar for planking...just keep the strakes narrow and don't glue them together.