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post #2 of Old 02-24-2004
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Fire damage to my bowsprit!

Better to rebuild using a laminate of teak and str. grained honduran mahogany or yellow pine, etc. (alternating layers).
Teak although fairly rot proof is a wood that is subject to ''splits'' and ''chunks'' when under stress due to the irregular grain pattern.
A good quality hardwood dealer commonly has 5/4 stock that can be pre-(face) planed to enhance the glue joint adhesion ..... glue together, then just whittle away with a jackplane and draw-knife, then transverse internal ''thoughbolts'' for added strength, plug the holes, etc.!
A 7+x7+X120" straight grained piece of teak will be quite expensive.
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