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    Default What Australian timber is this?

    Just bought a boat, and need to match the timber used for the fitout. She was was built in Australia in the late eighties. Any idea what timber this is?IMG_5814.jpgIMG_5815.jpgIMG_5816.jpgIMG_5817.jpg

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    Default Re: What Australian timber is this?

    First thought is it could be Queensland Maple. Halvorsens used it quite a bit for their boats. That was a bit earlier than the 80s but the timber in the photos does look quite similar to Qld Maple.
    Looks nicely done - what sort of boat is she?
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    Default Re: What Australian timber is this?

    Hi Peter, thanks for that, a bit of googling shows Queensland maple is very similar. And very expensive. Yes the fitout is beautifully done. It was sold as a Roberts Morgan 32, but it's bigger than that, so something of a mystery boat. So a traditional full keel cutter with clipper bow, glass hull and timber deck and fitout.

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    Default Re: What Australian timber is this?

    Check out this and similar web sites:

    https://www.wood-database.com/wood-filter/
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    Default Re: What Australian timber is this?

    Must admit I was thinking QLD maple as well. I know of at least one large Hartley motor boat near here that is made of maple...................

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    Default Re: What Australian timber is this?

    I'm sure it's Qld Maple. I have a pile of small sheets 300 x300 or so of it. If you want some of that, send me a PM.
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    Default Re: What Australian timber is this?

    right up first thought...looked like Qld Maple to me. a bit on the pale side of colouration as most of what I have used in the past is darker and also with more figuring in the grain. . but I still say its Qld Maple.
    Last edited by Bernadette; 05-08-2021 at 06:31 PM.

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    I was going to say that it looks very much like some mahogany that I’m working with at the moment - no idea what sort of mahogany it is but I have two completely different looking lots, both used on this small table:

    [IMG]IMG_2117 by Greg Larkin, on Flickr[/IMG]
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    Larks

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    Default Re: What Australian timber is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    I was going to say that it looks very much like some mahogany that I’m working with at the moment - no idea what sort of mahogany it is but I have two completely different looking lots, both used on this small table:

    [IMG]IMG_2117 by Greg Larkin, on Flickr[/IMG]

    The timber on the top face looks like Honduras mahogany with that dark and lighter striped shading. The side looks closer to the African Mahogany.
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