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07-16-2013 11:08 PM
abrahamx
Re: Anyone make new teak pieces on deck

After buying a dead blow hammer, I never went back to a wood/rawhide hammer. Yea, D, those plugs must be on their way to my house I would guess.
07-16-2013 07:41 PM
mark2gmtrans
Re: Anyone make new teak pieces on deck

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Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
My son and I made hundred or of teak plugs. don't have any idea where they are LOL
Denise, that is like loosing a bag of gold coins, those things are worth money, just glue them together and make a dowel rod out of them LOL.
07-16-2013 03:36 PM
deniseO30
Re: Anyone make new teak pieces on deck

My son and I made hundred or of teak plugs. don't have any idea where they are LOL
07-16-2013 03:12 PM
Plumbean
Re: Anyone make new teak pieces on deck

Don't forget to align the grain on the plug with the grain of the piece you are putting them into.

I just finished construction of new cockpit seats for my boat and hammered in about 65 of these in the process (use a wooden hammer if you have one -- they work great for this type of stuff). Even though I plan on letting the teak for the seats weather, I dipped the plugs in varnish before putting them in so as to get a little extra adhesion. Perhaps it wasn't necessary, but the can of varnish was sitting there. Trimmed them off with a flush cut saw followed by a sharp chisel and then a light sanding.
07-16-2013 02:49 PM
Sabreman
Anyone make new teak pieces on deck

I stand corrected.

I still wouldn't use them in this application. It's far easier and cheaper to make a teak plug from a piece of scrap. Alternately, I believe that I've seem tapered teak plugs online somewhere.
07-16-2013 01:30 PM
mark2gmtrans
Re: Anyone make new teak pieces on deck

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A few suggestions:







I've never seen a teak dowel (or mahogany either). Regardless, if a dowel is used, when inserted in the hole, it will be the wrong direction and you will expose end grain to the weather. A plug should match the grain of the wood into which it is inserted. Dowels are rarely the dimension advertised and often somewhat smaller. Using a dowel would result is a really loose fitting plug. I don't use dowels for most woodworking applications, waste of time and effort.


Teak dowels are readily available in almost every size. They are not cheap and if you want them you should try to find them where you can get them in a single piece quantity, because a box of 25 of the 36" is listed here at $5,747.15 USD for 25 of them.

36" Teak Dowels, Teak Dowels, Wood Dowels, Wood Finishes, Wood Glues & Parts - McFeely's

They got 'em and they can keep 'em LOL
07-16-2013 09:44 AM
Sabreman
Re: Anyone make new teak pieces on deck

A few suggestions:

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You need a 3/8" plug cutter
Get a tapered plug cutter. Then just tap them in with a hammer and they'll wedge themselves, no need for any adhesive. I've applied dozens this way and never had one come loose. Never.

Use a chisel to trim the plug nearly flush to the handrail, then sand. Look at the grain before paring the plug, go with the grain to avoid having the plug break off in the plug hole.

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I was thinking of getting round dowles
I've never seen a teak dowel (or mahogany either). Regardless, if a dowel is used, when inserted in the hole, it will be the wrong direction and you will expose end grain to the weather. A plug should match the grain of the wood into which it is inserted. Dowels are rarely the dimension advertised and often somewhat smaller. Using a dowel would result is a really loose fitting plug. I don't use dowels for most woodworking applications, waste of time and effort.

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dont you need a certian debth to have the bung stay.
If a tapered plug is used, the min depth of the hole (with screw inserted) is the depth of the plug. I can't recommend tapered plug cutters enough. I threw all my straight plug cutters away years ago.
07-15-2013 03:55 PM
CalebD
Re: Anyone make new teak pieces on deck

Cetol natural teak looks more like varnish than the other flavors, IMO.

Sand down the bungs, wipe with Acetone then apply finish.

Covers for these exterior bits of wood should help preserve the finish but ...
seems a little fussy to me. Your money, your boat, your time.
07-15-2013 02:19 PM
abrahamx
Re: Anyone make new teak pieces on deck

Thanks for the link and advice from everyone. Much info to learn. And yea, I did pick up a scraper also.
07-15-2013 02:06 PM
deniseO30
Re: Anyone make new teak pieces on deck

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Use a flat head screw instead of the round head that are in there. Don't use counter sink screws they can split old wood. If the holes are real bad and deep after you get the screws out you can just epoxy bungs in and redrill. You can sometimes just plug the old and drill a new one nearby the old.
If the screw head is too high do the above. Or even another location if possible,

and yes,
http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...ct.do?pid=1940

scrapers are an invaluable tool also!
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