Re: Beg Meil in Nova Scotia
If you are thinking of reducing some thickness of material, I would suggest using my favourite....... Black Locust. I have some if you want to stop by my place. I'm sure we can come up with a fair price to sell you a few BF of it. You'd need to glue some up to make boards wide enough to make a CB case out of but BL glues easily. The trade off is that you could make the parts significantly smaller and not lose the strength. BL is about 130% the strength of White Oak so you can thin it a bit without worrying about strength loss. Weight is the penalty but in your boat, it's not a problem. It would add a couple of pounds over DF for the overall weight of the boat. You're not lifting it off a trailer or anything, it will be floated on and off.
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