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Thread: Pick species for dinghy gunwales.

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    Default Pick species for dinghy gunwales.

    I'm building a small dingy for a kid. If the boat lasts five years, that'll be enough.

    I'm rummaging through my scrap rack for suitable gunwale material and have pieces of red birch, European beech, and Spanish cedar.
    I will not consider others.
    Which is preferred?

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    Default Re: Pick species for dinghy gunwales.

    Quote Originally Posted by JimConlin View Post
    ...have pieces of red birch, European beech, and Spanish cedar.
    I will not consider others.
    Which is preferred?
    Of the three I would go with Spanish cedar, which I've seen used as planking stock. I'm not familiar with the other two in boatbuilding.

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    Default Re: Pick species for dinghy gunwales.

    5 years, probably doesn't matter so long as you bed it in something to keep the moisture out of the joint. The cedar will be the lightest, perhaps important for the lucky kid.

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    Default Re: Pick species for dinghy gunwales.

    I used the Spanish cedar. Bonded it on.
    Tnx

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