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Old 17-10-2015, 07:22   #1
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Brazilian cherry for hatch covers

I am looking at a boat that has some hatch covers that will be under cushions that are in need of being replaced. I was thinking of using Braz/cherry 3/4 t/g flooring material. I am not sure weather to glue the wood together or just frame it in and leave room for expansion. I could make them with wood plugs.
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Old 17-10-2015, 12:14   #2
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Re: Brazilian cherry for hatch covers

That sounds like perhaps the worst possible choice of materials and construction one could make. If the hatches are under cushions, there is no need for anything fancy. And if this is an area that gets wet, you would rather have 1-piece construction, such as glass over plywood.

Do your own due diligence on typical boat construction.
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Re: Brazilian cherry for hatch covers

Ditto what TerraNova just said. I have used a fair amount of tropical hardwoods on fancy projects, for other people. They generally request these materials because they had access, because they look pretty (at first), and because no one else had seemed to ever use them for outdoor or otherwise exposed service.

If you are still considering it, then my experience has been to seal the wood with West System epoxy with 207 Special Clear Hardener, several coats, followed by several coats of a clear linear polyurethane 2-part sealer/varnish. And expect to have to redo the finish every couple years. Think rolling big rocks uphill for the rest of your life. Then leave it as one of those fantasies you want to retain in your head for eternity.

Here's a pic of a project I did with Honduran mahogany and African rosewood:
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Re: Brazilian cherry for hatch covers

Thanks for the information. Nice project does it float?
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Old 18-10-2015, 17:43   #5
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Re: Brazilian cherry for hatch covers

No, but it goes 65 mph to weather!
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