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Thread: What wood?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan

    What wood?

    I have a boat stereo install to do for a coworker and I need to make some wood trim to go around some speakers. My question is what is a good wood to use for an outdoor environment? I have used Jarrah on other boat stereo installs before as I know the will hold up and last but I do not have enough of that. How about white oak? Any and all suggestions welcome

    Thanks, Tom

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    White oak is what I would use.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Teak & Mahogany are the "classic" boat trim woods - referred to as 'brightwork' in the boating crowd.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Teak or mahogany would be my choices, too.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    How about Ipe. Its used for decking and looks quite nice but its dark. Just thinking of the density and oil contents working well to resist weathering in its natural form. Its easily available well at least to me.

    see what it looks like here
    Last edited by Rob Keeble; 06-30-2010 at 03:06 AM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    + 1 on the Teak
    Jesus was a Woodworker

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    Id go with mahogany 100%. Unless he has teak trim around his dashboard on the boat, then Id match it.

    heck, Id choose hondurian mahogany over any wood, for just about any project I want to make.
    Its beautiful, it finishes beautiful, and machines great. And looks great.

  8. #8
    Assuming that the wood is not gong to get wet, the biggest problem would be /sun exposure.. I like Cypress as a weather proof wood. As well as the Mohog, and Teak. Fear that Oak would decay and shrink from sun exposure.

    Teak, Cypress, Ipe , Mohogany would be the wood of choice. As was suggested, Match the already present woods

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Iroko is another wood that is very good for exterior use and cheap compared to Teak or Mahogany. Ipé wood would work as well.

    Apart from that no matter what wood you choose I would protect it with any of the products ad-hoc available in the market.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Awesome Just the feedback I needed. A few I had thought of and a few I hadn't. Great feedback as normal, I will run the suggestions to my co-worker and let her choose. THANKS ALL

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