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Forum topic by Quoheleth posted 05-07-2012 07:25 PM 674 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2012 07:25 PM

I am needing to make some “boats” (think long soap dishes) to store pieces of cast iron. The “boats” will be about 1 3/4” thick, 3” wide and 18” long. The iron could be in the boats from a few days to a few weeks.

I know some woods can react to metals, and especially cast stuff, but I don’t know what to avoid. So, I thought I would ask here for recommendations.

A local hardwood lumber company suggested Spanish Cedar, but at almost $8/bd ft, that’s a little pricey, as I need several dozen of these boats.

Any other recommendations that might help keep my costs down? On the other end of the spectrum, pine and fir studs are about $5 for an 8’ board. Would that work, or would I be battling rust and other issues sooner than later?


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#1 posted 05-07-2012 07:27 PM

You might check out Ipe ,very strong water won’t hurt it and it’s even fire rated.

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 08:03 PM

Woods that react to metal have a high tannic acid content. Oak for example. Poplar is cheap and would do.

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