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Cedar Eyebrows?

Tranquillity Base needs new eyebrows, no doubt about it. The current ones are teak. I went to Smoots lumber to see about 1" half round teak, and they didn't have it. They said they'd have to order the wood and mill it. Call me with a quote, said I, and it was a good thing! $520 is what they wanted. I said no.

I started thinking about alternative woods to use. I thought about cedar siding, and thought it would be a good choice. I found that Lowe's offers 16' by 1" x 4" clear western red cedar for under $10 a board. Wow. I'm thinking the darker red part should look a lot like teak when I finish it. I found some cedar bungs on line too, and at a reasonable price.

Question 1: Will cedar look good and last? I finish all my exterior wood with 3 coats of Cetol Natural followed by one coat of Cetol gloss.

Question 2: What should I use (besides screws) to secure the wood to the cabin house and seal it to prevent water penetration? One of the polysulfides? Does anyone have product recommendations?

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Re: Cedar Eyebrows?

eyebrows? cedar is very soft. mahogany, or white oak would be good substitutes some of the other boat builders offer replacement teak. Like D&R marine he has the teak toe rail caps that are used on my boat. they are about 3/4 x 1/2 easy to make half round. there are teak color poly sulfide caulks also.
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Re: Cedar Eyebrows?

Denise is spot on. Cedar is cheap for a reason. I've used it in the past and will use it in the future, but it needs to be epoxy impregnated to have any dent resistance. If i was in your shoes I'd use mahogany or ash.
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Re: Cedar Eyebrows?

Oh, I love this place! Great answers.

Of those, mahogany makes the most sense to me. I looked at Smoot Lumber's moulding catalog and they have it in half round. I'll give them a call tomorrow.

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Re: Cedar Eyebrows?

I'm going to be doing the same thing on Sojourn shortly. The lumber yard I go to says Sapele (pronounced Sa-Peely) seems to be the species of choice among local boat builders these days. It's a little more expensive than ash, but looks the most like teak and apparently weathers well.
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Re: Cedar Eyebrows?

I've made 8 foot grab rails out of cherry to replaced ole teak ones. I use a 2 part cleaner on the cherry and the teak , oil it and you can't tell the difference. going on year 5 now.......10 foot by 3 inches by 4 inch peice of teak at lumber yard....$350...chances of screwing it up....60%.....free cherry a jig saw and a router.....priceless!!!!!!
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Lightbulb Re: Cedar Eyebrows?

Teak has some half-price "close relatives"...
Go to your local wood flooring company and find some Cumaro wood flooring - pick thru some pieces to find the approx shade of wood to match your teak rails, etc.
Just rip it to the width you need and router the edges.

Dark mahogany would be good also.

Cedar? No No No. Too soft.


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