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    Default Meranti for boat building.

    I have just been given the timber from a friend's conservatory (demolished to make way for a plastic one...... I know. You just can't tell some people). Anyway.....I've got 50+ linear metres of 120 x 40 and 145 x 40 in perfect nick, de-screwed. Can I start ripping it into strips to laminate for the frames of a boat? So, we're looking at durability, stability, bendability, glue-ability, and how well it takes a finish. Any experience here of using the stuff?

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    Default Re: Meranti for boat building.

    Meranti can cover more than one type.The pale pink stuff isn't great but the darker red stuff seems to be tougher and more durable.Sometimes you find interlocking grain that tears if you use hand planes on it.I would be unhappy if any of it in a boat didn't have all surfaces sealed.

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    Default Re: Meranti for boat building.

    It's the pale stuff that I've got, with the odd pinkish tinge:






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    I used it for all the solid wood on my Oughtred boat, apart from the Iroko keel structure. Bought a big single rough plank and it ripped down ito more than enough for the work. I thought of it as a slightly softer mahogany sustitute. Worked out nicely.
    Your friend's philistine tendancies are definatly to your advantage.

    My neighbour was clearing out a bunch of very old pallets. Dumped them on me. Mostly rubbish for the fire, but a few of the big ones were meranti, some if it even usable for boat bits.
    Last edited by Andrew2; 10-12-2021 at 04:01 PM.

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    Default Re: Meranti for boat building.

    Interesting. Thanks Andrew. By the way, I'm reading the Oughtred book you recommended at the moment (Clinker Plywood Building Manual). It's very clear and well explained.

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    Default Re: Meranti for boat building.

    Meranti is a good wood for gluing, but doesn't have great rot resistance. Depending on the application that might be okay.

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    Default Re: Meranti for boat building.

    Quote Originally Posted by J.Madison View Post
    Meranti is a good wood for gluing, but doesn't have great rot resistance. Depending on the application that might be okay.
    I'm considering using it for laminated frames, which means it would be an epoxy-fest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike-in-Suffolk View Post
    I'm considering using it for laminated frames, which means it would be an epoxy-fest.
    I'll ask the 055 builder what he used for the laminated frames.

    Have to say, your pix look more like the stuff in the pallets, rather softer than that I used for the boat. That was darker and quite dense, looks good bright finished.
    Last edited by Andrew2; 10-13-2021 at 06:12 AM.

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    Default Re: Meranti for boat building.

    055 builder got back and he used Douglas fir, bought as 4mm laminates.

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    Default Re: Meranti for boat building.

    Nice wood, pretty soft, depending on the dimensions , you probably want something stronger. I think it would be akin to making your frames of soft pine.
    Steve Martinsen

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    Default Re: Meranti for boat building.

    I have only used meranti in the form of aqua -tek ply.
    Some of the boards you have shown look like um...junk.fast growth and pink.
    But the meranti ply has proven to be very rot resistant, having stashed a busted boat outside for 5 years ,sun/rain combo,that cleaned up shockingly well eventually.

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