Using wood from old boats - any knowledge or experience?

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Forum topic by mcdrowton posted 10-09-2009 04:18 PM 956 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2009 04:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed wood recycled wood boat wood marine wood salt kiln drying

I try to use reclaimed wood for all my projects. I am planning to use some tropical hardwoods reclaimed from old fishing boats for some luxury wall panelling. It is a mix of lesser known species but all are beautiful with a dense grain, rich cream or red shades, with some sections stained black by exposure to the sea looking close to mahogany. Has anyone used this type of wood before?

I lack knowledge about how much to kiln dry the wood, and what percentage moisture I should aim for. I am also concerned about the salt content in the moisture – both for smell and white surface residue as the wood ‘sweats’. Do I need to treat the wood in some way before drying it?

Any experience or knowledge the lumberjocks community can share with me would be greatly appreciated!


-- Mark, Beijing

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#1 posted 10-09-2009 04:52 PM

The only thing I can say is its kind of a waste of time. I tried using lumber from old brine tanks and the salt will bleed through anything. As far as drying you need to know the relative humidity , In most of the US its 12% outside and 6-7% inside. Also a point, the salt will corrode anything it is in contact with.

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#2 posted 10-09-2009 06:20 PM

I have to agree with Whitey. Even old pickling barrels proved to have too much residual salt left in the wood. Wine barrel stave’s here now are being used to smoke barbecue meats with because of the tannins in the wood.

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#3 posted 10-09-2009 07:10 PM

Thanks for sharing information learned the hard way, even if it isn’t what I wanted to hear!


-- Mark, Beijing

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