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Some help with board width. 6 years 10 months ago #70961

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Is there someone on the woodie site that can give me the width of the deck boards on the bow of their boat? My new winter project is putting a mahogany deck over a glass hull and I am going to have some boards sawn and re-sawn to 3/8 or 1/2 inch thickness. I want to put the boards side by side with the white line in the seams but I don't know how wide I should make the boards.
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Cal

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Re:Some help with board width. 6 years 10 months ago #70965

Cal,
When I talked to Bob and Paul Miklos last year at the Thuroughbred round up regarding the deck on my resorter and they said it's actually about 5 1/2" wide planks with 1/8" grooves cut into it every 1 3/4", so it looks like 1 3/4 planking but it really isn't. With there being a full deck under it, it should be fine to just make them 1 3/4". really you could just make them any size you want but if your looking for the Century/Chris Craft deck look then 1 3/4" i it. Hope that helps.

Bob

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Re:Some help with board width. 6 years 10 months ago #70968

Cal, I would agree with that post. I would bed the planks in 3M 5200 as well. The kerfs at 1/8" are right on. Have you though about color of the stain? Blonde or a darker mohagony? I used the red version of the Century stain on my 1968 Resorter that I refinished last Winter. I love that color! Will you be putting it on the deck?

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Re:Some help with board width. 6 years 10 months ago #71015

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The bow deck is uneven so I'll have to make up small framework. Thinking of laying some 1/8 luan over the frame and then I could bed the planks in 5200 like sugessted. The rough board feet planks are 1 1/2" thick so they will be resawed to 7/16". By the time they are planed and sanded they should be almost perfect to work with. I'll route the edges before installing. The planks are 8" wide so after finish the final look should be about 3 3/4" wide.
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Re:Some help with board width. 6 years 10 months ago #71487

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Are you planning on getting 3 boards out of one? If so it will not work. Just trying to give a heads up. :)

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Re:Some help with board width. 6 years 10 months ago #71494

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Larson planked theirs in various widths. From 1-1/4 up to about 3" wide. All individual boards though.

I'd be careful about using Luan plywood. If that stuff gets moist at all it will fall all apart. Use a high quality marine plywood if you use plywood.

I'd agree, if there is any compound curvature to the deck, wider boards are going to be trouble.

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Re:Some help with board width. 6 years 10 months ago #71514

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OK, thanks for the tips, that's why I post things like this to get help from you guys that have gone down the road. I got the boards back from my son a few days ago, they are planed and sanded to 9/16 but still at the 8 - 10 inch widths. The bow has a slight curve to it so I can see where a wider width will be a problem. Maybe 2" individual strips would work. Still working the details out.

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