Repairing Teak Soles - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 Old 04-19-2002 Thread Starter
Contributing Authors
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 266
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 16
 
Repairing Teak Soles

The teak sole on my boat has quite a few indentations, far deeper than I would like to sand. How should I fill them in to make the sole look natural? 

Tom Wood responds:
Saving old soles, or any damaged woodwork, is a matter of taste and skill. Some older boats have real, solid teak-planked floors. Many others, unfortunately, were built with teak-faced plywood in which the veneer is so thin a coarse sanding penetrates to the unattractive fir ply underneath.

These are your choices:

1. Determine that you like the sole the way it looks and varnish right over the dings. Some sailors say that particularl look lends character to the boat.

2. Cover the entire sole, thus hiding the damaged surface. Some people may think of carpet, vinyl tile or other easy solutions. However, teak planking is available in several forms. Newer laminates look surprisingly like real wood at a fraction of the cost and matching trim pieces make this covering an easy one. We have seen several recent jobs using parquet that were quite handsome. These laminates are available at any home-building store.

3. The traditional alternative requires a fair amount of skill in the art of inlaying wood. Damaged areas are removed, a piece of new wood is fitted and glued into the void, and the patch is then planed and sanded flush. Very small spots can be simply drilled out and an inlay, fitted in the form of a bung, glued in the hole. Larger areas can be cut away with a sharp chisel and a steady hand, and a duplicate piece of wood, sometimes called a Dutchman, shaped to fill the resulting hole. For really fancy inlays, a good router can be guided by matched templates to cut away old damage and make an identical insert. The old masters used to make these inlays in the shape of stars, butterflies, or other figures to show their mastery of the art. This option is, frankly, not for the faint of heart or those short on time, though the results can be beautiful.

Whatever solution you choose, here's wishing you the best of luck and a speedy finish so that you can return to enjoying the time you spend sailing your boat.

Tom Wood is offline  
Closed Thread

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome