Hardwood or softwood bungs?

by Barbara
(Sydney Australia)

What is the best timber for making wooden bungs?

Hardwood or softwood?

What timber is most effective and watertight?

This is for near the keel of an old wooden boat, depth 1.8m or 6ft.

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by: mike

Hi Barbara,

The best wood to use is the same as the timber being bunged.

In your case I would suspect that the keel is hardwood.

But whatever is, try to use a wood as similar to that already used to build the keel, that way it will 'take up' at the same rate.

I'm assuming these bungs are for covering fastenings, and not stopwaters.

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