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Re: Cedar VS Epoxied Marine Ply
I'm sure your Dad will be a huge help to you as you move forward -- watch and listen to him closely.
Just like in a home, plywood and dimensioned lumber both have their places. Because it is more dimensionally stable, you'll typically find plywood used for bulkheads, cabinet carcasses, and large flat surfaces. Most times the visible side of the plywood is covered with a very thin hardwood veneer; sometimes the hardwood is not that thin. Sometimes the plywood is simply painted.
Dimensioned lumber is used for structural cross members and finish carpentry.
Yellow cedar would seem to be decent choice for interior projects. It's certainly a lot lighter in color than you typically find in boats -- which can be a good thing. Sometimes teak (and other darker hardwood) interiors seem a little "cave like" if there's not a lot of natural light below.
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