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Re: Sourcing approriate lumber for strip ceiling

Everyplace sells Ipe, one of several woods called "ironwood", for decking. That puts some limits on the size (i.e. 1x5?) but you can always have that ripped to the size you want. If you need longer strips, you're off to find a real lumber yard. Best done locally, since shipping lumber is rather pricey.
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Re: Sourcing approriate lumber for strip ceiling

Ipe is cool stuff. It's quite heavy though. Almost twice the weight of sapele or mahogany.

May or may not make a difference depending on the boat and how much of it is used...

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Re: Sourcing approriate lumber for strip ceiling

Cedar...
Relatively inexpensive
Avail at big boxes
Lightweight
Very easy to work with.
Stain to any shade..or not

Thinking ipe is just nuts....off the rails

kiss...
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Re: Sourcing approriate lumber for strip ceiling

Here's something I had not thought of: Chuck Rose, of "Cruising LeaLea" fame, brought up the possibility of using plywood strips rather than solid lumber. Said he had seen it done, with excellent results.

This appeals to me a lot. It would save me a fortune, and be easy to do. I'd use marine-grade, Sapele-veneer plywood, thoroughly sealed with penetrating epoxy, and varnished.

If the idea is sound, what thickness do you guys think would be best? Would 6mm be enough? That's just a hair under 1/4". Better off with 9mm maybe?

Speaking of sapele veneer, I've always thought that's what the manufacturer used on my boat. Am I right?


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A perfectly sound approach. I actually really like the aesthetic of the contrasty routed edges of plywood finished and placed in a tasteful way..
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Re: Sourcing approriate lumber for strip ceiling

You're close enough to Ft. Lauderdale to try Constantines Wood Center - Woodworking Supplies and Tools - Fort Lauderdale, FL they are a woodworking shop that stock veneers and lumber for cabinetry and other fine woodworking trades. I know them from their previous location in the Bronx, NY.

Among other great resources, they sell a "veneer sampler" kit with something like 50 slices of labeled veneers in it. It is a dangerous kit, it exposes you to the lust for many fine and exotic wood that can be had.(G)

If they don't have what you need, they'll certainly be able to tell you if there's any local source for it. Craftsmen, not clerks.
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Thanks for the recommendation! I'll give 'em a look!
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