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    Default Advice on plywood

    Hello all,have recently moved to Germany and am having some probs sourcing materials for my S:F Raven,the main problem is the types of
    plywood they sell here,pine is hard to find in right thickness,but they do
    have loads of stuff called Meranti,it looks good very few flaws,but seems
    to be heavier,was wondering if anyone has worked with it and were there
    any problems I should know about.
    cheers for now.......
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    Hi Duke

    I've moved this into the Self Build section. I suspect you will get more replies in here.

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    The species is fair enough - but attract a number of different names, Lauan being a common one.
    http://www.libertywoods.com/meranti.html

    In this country it is often seen as a three-ply with two thing outer veneers and a bulky central core - this is not good boat building material.
    Look for all the plies bieing the same thikness - no patches in the outer layers and check the edges for voids.

    If you can find it marked as BS1088 then all should be well - but it's still worth leaving a small sample in the dishwasher for a week.

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    Thanks for the advice,have managed to find pine ply from a local store,reckon the maranti would just have been too heavy and harder
    to work,than good old pine,mabey one day if I am bored will try it out
    will let you know if it floats

    thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougR View Post

    If you can find it marked as BS1088 then all should be well - but it's still worth leaving a small sample in the dishwasher for a week.
    Hi DougR
    the 1088 standard is unfortunately no longer a standard you can put your trust in it is being allowed to die by the the industry that produces the panels. Check out Marineply.com they have a good article on the problem if you follow the link BS1088 2003.

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