Green wood boat finishing

by Tbone
(Nebo il usa)

I want to build a house boat with green wood.

I know there will be shrinkage and I was thinking of using something like rhino liner to waterproof it.

Is this a good idea?

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green wood
by: Anonymous

In short no.

Unless you have at least twenty years experience and the knowledge of a team of old hands who have done this, only do it if you can afford to lose the cost of time and materials.

I don't gamble but if you are doing this as a first time project on your own I would give you less than five per cent chance.

green wood boat finishing
by: cal

Lots of old barges were made from green wood.

Dug fir, yellow cedar are OK, red cedar really shrinks so, if you can air dry it, it will save you a lot of work down the road.

Tarp it outside put a small heater with a vent on one end it will surprise you how fast it will dry.

What’s below the water line will not be affected that much, plus the time it takes you to do the project slow dry is the best

It’s like steam bends that wet wood but it has already been shrunk like sweeter it grows as you steam it but becomes stable as it dries.

I once sent out a load of clear wood to a drier, they dried it to fast it was as light as balsa but totally useless.

Go slow you can rent a moisture tester.

Good luck


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