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Old 02-07-2010
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Marine Plywood is a horrible choice for core materials, as I've written about in this post.

I would recommend going with Airex, which is a ductile PVC foam. It is probably flexible enough to follow the curvature of the deck without having to resort to slicing kerfs into the material.

If you wanted to go with end-grain balsa, you'd probably want to get something like Baltek ContourKore.

I seriously doubt that anywhere local is going to have either material in stock. You will probably need to mail order it or have someone special order the material.

I would recommend using Progressive Epoxy Polymers products unless you have to work in colder temperatures. For that there is a special purpose cold-temperature curing epoxy made.
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