Hello fellow “woodies” I am not near the craftsman many of you likely are, but I am hopeful this community can help me find a solution to my project that I can apply. Effectively, I am building teak deck grates for an antique 1956 22’ shepherd runabout boat. the grates are going to be laid over top of the existing marine plywood subfloor and are purely for looks. I have 3/4” spacing (as well as thickness) on the grates surrounded by 2 1/2” border. Everything has been ripped and I am ready to “put it together”
the boat will be freshwater, and live its life on lake Tahoe in California. it will be trailered, so not exposed year round, or even in the elements during the full summer season. it will be in a protected garage. should I consider buscuits to join the corners? lap joint? mortise and tension? what about domino tenons? while the grates will manage foot traffic, the corners where these borders merge are next to the interior wall of the boat and with resting on flat surface, I suspect it should hold up well provided I make the right choices at this stage.
lastly, knowing this wood is oily, I will need scrub the wood down with acetone before applying my adhesive correct? and the glue of choice would be epoxy? urethane? thanks in advance for any time and advice you can spare.