Gluing wood for larger dimensions

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Gluing wood for larger dimensions

Post by rbrandenstein » Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:22 pm

I was wondering if it is acceptable in boat building to edge glue or laminate lumber to create the dimensions you need?

I can think of two examples.
1. If I need wide mahogany boards for the decking, can you edge glue some smaller pieces with epoxy to get the width you need? One does this in woodworking, so I'm wondering if this is a solution in boat building.

2. The plan for the skeg on the bottom of my Malahini specifies it as 1" wide. I want the skeg to be full width, so can I laminate two pieces of my white oak and then cut to 1" or should I buy larger stock?

Thanks for any advice.


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Re: Gluing wood for larger dimensions

Post by BruceDow » Tue Nov 09, 2010 2:41 pm


We do it all the time.

Both for size (keels, stems) and for creating bendy shapes (chines and sheers)

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Re: Gluing wood for larger dimensions

Post by Lowka53 » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:36 am

:lol: I have done it on my build to make my bulkhead pieces
2 more bottom pieces being lamated.jpg
1st bottom fram.jpg
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