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Old 23-06-2011, 15:10   #1
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Walnut lumber inside a boat.

I have a boat load (pun intended) of black walnut, maple, cherry and pecan lumber that I plan to use inside my boat during the refit. Has anybody encountered any problems with this type of lumber in a boat? (Assuming the wood is sealed properly)
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Old 23-06-2011, 16:41   #2
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Re: Walnut lumber inside a boat.

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I have a boat load (pun intended) of black walnut, maple, cherry and pecan lumber that I plan to use inside my boat during the refit. Has anybody encountered any problems with this type of lumber in a boat? (Assuming the wood is sealed properly)
I'm afraid those are highly toxic woods inside a boat. You better package it all up and send it to me. I'll ensure it's disposed of properly for ya!
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Old 23-06-2011, 16:44   #3
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Re: Walnut lumber inside a boat.

Hazardous waste disposal costs are lower in Florida. And since I'm a nice guy I'll even arrange pickup.
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Re: Walnut lumber inside a boat.

I've seen cherry and maple in boats. You can use any wood as long as it doesn't get wet. Keep the innards dry.
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Old 23-06-2011, 17:06   #5
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Re: Walnut lumber inside a boat.

Well, black walnut is very resistant to rot.
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I have a boat load (pun intended) of black walnut, maple, cherry and pecan lumber that I plan to use inside my boat during the refit. Has anybody encountered any problems with this type of lumber in a boat? (Assuming the wood is sealed properly)
You'll have no problem with any of these. I suggest that you look into Epifanes rubbed effect varnish as the final finish. It is what I used and I couldn't be happier with the result. There are, I think, details on application on my website.
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Re: Walnut lumber inside a boat.

My old boat had a maple and holly cabin sole.

The bulkheads were birds eye maple with walnut trim..
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You really don't want any of that sort of lumber. Really no no. Leave it outside and I'll pick it up. Great rid of the nasty stuff.

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Re: Walnut lumber inside a boat.

Thanks Matt. I was wondering the same thing as I also have a boatload of lumber after the last tropical storm came through our area a couple of years ago. It's all nicely stacked and dried in my shop waiting for the right projects. I was thinking the black walnut and magnolia would make a beautiful cabin sole. Of course anything left over when we're ready to go will need to be disposed of. I suppose the safest thing to do would be to post a message here - you know, since it's so toxic and all.
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Re: Walnut lumber inside a boat.

My first dinghy was made of oak, (I made it in wood shop, in school), it lasted 20 years.
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Re: Walnut lumber inside a boat.

Walnut is way down on the hardness scale. I got a great deal on some overstock flooring and put it in my office and my chairs rollers dented it. Do not use it on the sole unless you want that rustic look.
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Re: Walnut lumber inside a boat.

I just sawed 2000 BD feet of that nasty walnut stuff and about that much maple and cherry. AND I was given another walnut tree that is 40 inches at the small end of the first log.
I'm thinking oak or cherry on the floor, because it is so much more durable. This is my first big boat project so I am open to suggestions.
The wood will go in the solar kiln in a month and be there until the end of August depending on the weather, so I will have time to descide where to dispose of this stuff. It sure is some beautiful wood
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