Originally Posted by Cruisingscotts
As, for example, the suggested Sapele, is going to be really dark, if used in quantity, down below.
Ok you asked for it....There are 4 different species in the pic below, all have the same varnish and finish, 3 are tropical harwoods one is PNW.
Which one is Sapele??
As to which is the Sapele. I'd guess the overhead. Although one has to consider that few people have;
- a Professional Quality Interior (aka, Hundreds of hours [at least] in it's creation, installation
- that Immense level of Natural Lighting
... which I would not take offshore
(or on Puget Sound
on a blustery day)
- Professional Grade Camera
Work, ditto on the Lighting/Flash
- Days with that much Natural Light are Exceedingly Rare
in the PNW
Back to reality
To the listed tools, at a minimum (assuming that you already have a decent toolbox), plan on adding a good percentage of the below to the list.
- several Block Planes
- a good set of Chisels, Scrapers, & Sharpening setup
- a Floor or Table Mounted, Disc/Belt sander (you can DIY these)
- a Milling Vise for the above
- Router Table (these are pretty easy to DIY too)
- Scribes, Compasses, T-squares, Adjustable Bevels, Framing Squares, etc.
- Shop-Vac, & possibly a Dust Collection System for your Fixed Tools
- Work Table/Drafting Bench, for laying out patterns & transferring templates onto parts
. Again, build your own/use a B&D Workmate for some of it.
- a Wood Joinery Set, be it a; Biscut Joiner, Dowel Joiner, Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (Excellent Tool, BTW)
- Clamps of various types & sizes (many can be DIY setups, if you like)
- a small, Power, Detail Sander (or three)
Also, this is a good book on interior joinery, & boat furniture construction. And it'd digesting it, prior to starting your project. Plus of course, there are others.
Too, it' be worth getting/reading; several books
on applying fine finishes to wood.
Russell Brown has penned some good stuff - http://ptwatercraft.com/ptwatercraft/E-Books.html
But it's worth doing some digging; at the library, Amaxon, YouTube, & Online.
Also, it may help to just do some general looking around on Edensaw's site Edensaw Woods - Quality Marine Plywood & Lumber Supply
Both for tool, & wood ideas, plus perhaps, to get your brain going on some things which you might like to try or incorporate.
LOVE that place, & miss it dearly!
That, & if you can find a specialty lumber
shop/cabinetry shop in your area, it' be well worth the time, to go & look at some of what their doing now. And to dig through their past projects photo
The latter should give you a much better idea of how some of the things which you're thinking about trying out (both wood, & joiner work ideas) will look.
Also, YouTube's your friend; for everything from building your own tools, to showing you how to precisely machine your joints & such, correctly, the 1st time. Ditto on clamping tricks, applying finishes etc.
Speaking of finishes: You'll obviously be thinking though building any part a couple of times, prior to laying out it's drawings, & then building it.
And while you're thinking on it such, try & incorporate as much pre-finishing of your wood, prior to cutting & gluing it together, as you can.
Because it's a lot easier to varnish things, before they have nooks & crannies to them. Ditto on varnishing the nooks & crannies, being easier before they're glued onto things.
For big surfaces, like say a bulkhead. Whether you're thinking Tongue & Groove, or that you'd just like a different wood type. There's some pretty nice paneling available nowadays. Which looks good, & would be both lighter weight, & cheaper, than installing solid wood overtop of things.
That, & once you have it trimmed to fit, you can pre-finish it as well, prior to installing it. As it'll be a lot easier to do in a shop, & the ffinish quality will be a lot higher.
Also, besides YouTube, there are 1,001 DIY sites out there, which can be really helpful. For things like, say, vacuum bagging paneling onto a bulkhead, or how to get a pro quality finish; with paint
, varnish, etc.
And... not to dissuade or dishearten you, but one of the Senior Editors of Cruising World
redid the galley
on their 40'er. And it took him 2,000hrs.
So, yeah, boat interiors can take a while. Ergo, choose the complexity of the construction of things with care.
Thus the pre-finishing parts
tip. And the wisdom in using pre-made detail type parts.
PS: The Brazillian Cherry (Jatoba) mentioned earlier on is a Choice wood. I have a sweet walking stick made of some. However, unfinished, it's a good bit darker than Any varnished Mahogany that you'll ever see.