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    Building a service runabout. What is best wood for ribs and stringers

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    Obechee, if you can find it. Second choice, for me anyway, is Sitka Spruce.



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    • #3
      All great choices. Sitka was the choice of wood in parts of the old sailing ships, a great choice. The I have used local easy to get #1 clean select white spruce and look for straight grain and is essentially knot free, never had failures. Sitka has somewhat better strength properties than select white spruce but not that different and white spruce weighs less. Obchee weighs more than Sitka. Most important to have the right wood cross section dims and orientation of same and placement of ribs and stringer spacing.
      "Keep Move'n" life is catching up!
      No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.

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      • #4
        Do people not use okume for runabouts ? Seems to be the peoples choice up for building hydro.

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        • #5
          Ocume is plywood used for decks, sides and bottom you asked about structure
          "Keep Move'n" life is catching up!
          No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ZUL8TR View Post
            Ocume is plywood used for decks, sides and bottom you asked about structure
            Haha, you’re totally right. French school system up here messed me up for life.

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