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Old Jul 17, 2009, 08:06 AM
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mahogany strip planking

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I was wondering if any of you guys would know where i can buy mahogany strip planking.
I am going to start building a 1/4 scale of the cris craft 19 ft. runabout and don't know where i can purchase it all your help would be appreciated.
thank you dave
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 08:56 AM
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At almost 5 feet long in 1:4 scale, you'll be better off getting a table saw, thickness sander, and talking to a lumberyard instead of a hobby supplier...
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 09:15 AM
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Try this: Northeastern Scale Lumber
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 10:35 AM
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Model Expo and Hobbytyme have mahogany strips but usually not longer than 24 inches. Still that would be good for your project. I might suggest that you plank the boat with basswood first and then use mahogany for the outer layer.
Also as mentioned above you can check with lumber yards and cabinet shops to get a 1 x 6 of mahogany that you can pick out yourself. Look for straight grain and very few knots if any with uniform color. Then the shop can rip it for you to the sizes that you want. This could get a little pricy but it will give you great looking wood at the size you want to work with. Remember that mahogany is pretty brittle and cracks or snaps easily.
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 10:36 AM
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If you have a band saw, it's a lot less expensive to cut your own planks.

You can get Mahogony strips from Midwest if you want to go the precut route:

http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/mid/mid4703.htm
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 10:48 AM
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thanks guys for the information. I have a band saw,have a sander, have a small table saw guess i have my work cut out for me. what i did i took all the peices from the 1/8 scale 19ft. cris craft and traced all the peices and took that to a copy shop and had them enlarged. so now i am getting all materials together. IT SHALL BE AWHILE BEFORE I START, but i'll have fun.
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 10:52 AM
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Before cutting the first piece of wood, what are your plans for making the fittings? I've seen more than one hull get built, then abandoned when the builder realizes he can't carve suitable chromed fittings from wood... But I've also seen metal working artists who can carve these goodies-- hope you're willing to give it a try!
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 11:14 AM
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daveswall:
I'm preparing to cut 6' long x 1/4"x1" mahogony gunwales, toe rails and king planks for my big sailboat build, then I'll cut 3' to 4' long spanish cedar deck planks. I'll post pictures in the sailboat forum this weekend:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1069842
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 11:36 AM
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I turn my horns on a drill press. my last big boat i used a crome spinner from a plane and cut it in half for the navigational light for the bow and inserted lights I made all the clets, gas cap, steering wheel out of mahogany and alunimun made my own windsheld and used crome door gaurd from a car for trim. so i think i can go with the flow as it comes. If i knew how to post pictures i would show you guys. The 1/4 scale would be 57" long and 18" beam.
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 11:39 AM
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hey vince sounds good i hope all the cutting i have to do won't take to long.
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 01:05 PM
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...If i knew how to post pictures i would show you guys. The 1/4 scale would be 57" long and 18" beam.
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How to POST PICTURES:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=610209

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=545544
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 01:18 PM
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The 1/4 scale would be 57" long and 18" beam.

Hmmm jet-ski sized, and thoughts on a power plant? Or 1/4 sized adults (kids) to help you with trial runs?
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 02:51 PM
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strip planking

patmat I put the pictures under planking a new reply i screwed up but there showing
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 03:10 PM
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strip planking

here are some pictures of a boat that i built from an old handymans encyclopedia. The boat is a 1957 era.you can't tell can you. a company called Glen-L boat sales design.
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 03:25 PM
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Daveswall that looks great. If you can build that you can build anything. Nice project and it looks good too.. pete
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