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I'm making new slats for my companionway but the widest teak boards that I've been able to purchase are 8 inches. I'll have to glue two pieces edge-to-edge to replicate the sizes of the existing boards. My plan is to use dowels to attach the pieces (I considered biscuits but the Internet consensus seems to be that dowels are stronger, particularly in applications like doors). My question is what glue to use? My research suggests either epoxy (West System, in my case) or a wood glue like TiteBond III. Any recommendations by y'all?
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Epoxy does a good job holding wood together.

Something to think about is that you aren't required to match the original slat height. You can just have more slats, if you like. They may even be easier to store. More work to take in/out, however.
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Re: Sticky question

On our boat they used teak ply and then edge trimmed in solid teak .

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If I wanted wood I would laminate several pieces about 2" wide and run dowels the full width to make up the boards, the more lamination the less chance of warpage. one 8" wide piece will warp.
the wood does look nice but the newer boats are using smoked plexi because it does not warp , does't need a finish and lets light in.
I have not had wood ones on my boats for 30 years and don't miss them.
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That was my plan B and now having given it more thought, it's probably the least complicated solution. Thanks for reminding me!
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On our boat they used teak ply and then edge trimmed in solid teak .
That was the case with my first boat. This one has solid teak but as another poster mentioned below, it did warp. Looks like I have to do more thinking...
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Re: Sticky question

Mine are banded, meaning a end plate tongue and grooved perpendicular to the end grain. So wood grain going in two different directions, which means more stability on flatness but just a bit of movement in the different grain directions, certainly not an issue for me anyway. I have a single hatchboard I use off season to cover the hole up with just house paint on it and it holds up well, then I refinish the nice ones and put back on in the spring.
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Weldwood Plastic Resin Glue is made specifically for gluing wood.

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Another vote for plexy, if you have room to store the full sized single panel.


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Re: Sticky question

I replaced the teak plywood companionway hatch board w/ 1/2" thk smokey plexiglass with a wide teak edge on the top to life it out. Bottom is beveled to match the pitch of the teak sill piece. Looks great, lets light in... low maintenance.

Solid wood lay up edge to edge can warp... not a great idea.. needs continual varnishing.

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