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70_Katama posted 05-06-2002 02:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for 70_Katama   Send Email to 70_Katama  
Can anyone tell me the exact wood type on the 70's outrage console?
http://continuouswave.com/whaler/cetacea/cetaceaPage36.html. I Need to match the grain with some dowls, but I cant find a good match.

Thanks

OutrageMan posted 05-06-2002 03:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
I believe it was teak. I am not sure about getting teack dowels, however.

Assuming that you want to cover screws, what you can do is get a plug cutter for your drill and a scrap of teak and cut your plugs for the face grain.

The problem with dowel stock is that you will always be dealing with end grain, so it will be tough to get it to match. Plus the end grain will soak up your finish much more than the face grain that surrounds it, causing a darker look to the plug.

Brian

Tom W Clark posted 05-06-2002 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
70_Katama,

"Can anyone tell me the exact wood type...?" Well, no we can't.

My suspicion would be in agreement with Brian's opinion. It looks like teak. But as we have been discussing in several other threads recently, Whaler used all kinds of wood in their boats (see: http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/002283.html as an example)

It could be one of hundreds of different types of tropical hardwoods. Even if you knew exactly what kind of tree the wood came from there would be no guarantee you could find a piece of wood that would match. No two boards are exactly alike.

Now when you say "dowel", I have to presume you meant to say "plug" because you would never use a slice of dowel to plug a bung hole. As Brian points out, the grain would be going the wrong direction and would look darker even if the plug came from the same board you are trying to plug.

My best advice would be to go to a lumber yard with a piece of the console in hand and see for yourself what wood looks close.

Another good way to get a match is to cut the plug or plugs from the backside of the piece you are trying to plug. There may be good reasons why you cannot do this but sometimes you can get away with it.

When I build something that will have plugged screw holes I save the cutoffs for exactly this purpose. Nothing will match as well as the same board.

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