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431 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: malaysia woodwork canoe

Hi everyone!

I had promise to one of my son to make “Nymph” canoe to his birthday but my job move me to Malaysia. That move is not a reason to not make what planed. As one of my Texa’s friend told me on someday “Rangers always go through the hill”. Plan is choose but no materials and any tools so far. Canoe launch day is 27th of May. So I have 104 days to start and finish canoe.
Could be a challenge to do or it will easy walk?
What is light weight local wood I can find in Malaysia?
Does anyone know any woodworkers in KL?

Maxim

-- Classic wooden boats are most beautiful part of world! Maxim, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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#1 posted 431 days ago

Hmm, this has been a project that I have always wanted to do but never got off the ground yet.

Meranti (Shorea spp) would be the easiest to obtain. They respond pretty well to bending and twisting too in thin strips. The choice wood would be jati (teak) but will be pretty hard to source for strips.
I have been thinking about using bamboo, but processing them to get enough strips will not be a good option for 104 days of building.

-- Make love with wood.

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#2 posted 430 days ago

Meranti is good for nice looking canoe but weight is consider high than in spec. I need keep weight of the canoe low to easy move by 11 years boy.

-- Classic wooden boats are most beautiful part of world! Maxim, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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#3 posted 424 days ago

LaPala I check with handbook light red Meranti (lauan) have SG 340 kg/m3 14%mc. Another wood is Cedrela spp. (mainly C. toona) Toon, Australian Red-Cedar SG 360-370 kg/m3 14%mc. In Malaysia they call this wood as Surian Wangi. Only one problem so far how find this two woods if I don’t know bohansa (Malay language).

-- Classic wooden boats are most beautiful part of world! Maxim, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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#4 posted 424 days ago

Posmax, perhaps you could contact your embassy there. They probably have some literature about different products made in Malaysia and could direct you to someone in the Malaysian government with literature about different types of businesses that sell lumber locally and for export. If you’re going there to work surely you will meet someone there that can help you as well. Good luck.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 424 days ago

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#6 posted 424 days ago

Which part of Malaysia are you in? If KL (Klang valley) area the lumber shops would know light red Meranti; no need to speak bahasa. As for Surian Wangi, that will be a chore to find as it is usually lumped into “chap-chai” meaning mixed wood and few saw mills will actually separate it out.

If all fails for you to locate a sawmill/lumber shop give FRIM a call, they have a resource center and vendor list that might help. http://www.frim.gov.my/

-- Make love with wood.

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#7 posted 424 days ago

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#8 posted 424 days ago

waho6o9 I just sent message to woodworm.

LaPala I’m in KL, Wangsa Maju district. I will try to catch Surian limber through FRIM as my training will finish and I will come back to office.

helluvawreck Sorry but Russian embassy is last place what I will try to call for help. They are so useless with any help. I find it in many countries. I trevel a lot and they always talk to us with no proaction. It’s so hard to say but it is.

-- Classic wooden boats are most beautiful part of world! Maxim, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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#9 posted 424 days ago

LaPala
I see you are familiar with KL. Do you stay somewhere close?
I also try find workshop in KL what can be rent for my project. Do you know any woodworkers in KL what can be interesting to this?

-- Classic wooden boats are most beautiful part of world! Maxim, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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#10 posted 422 days ago

I am in Alor Star, on the Northern end. I am not very familiar with KL but West Malaysia is pretty small, 8 hours to drive from one end to the other. Try this guy, Eddy Ng who runs Eddie DIY shop in KL, he may be able to point you the right directions in KL.
49, Jalan 17/21, Section 17, 46400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel:03-79540509 Mobile:012-6550311
jayadiy@yahoo.com

-- Make love with wood.

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