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  1. Alias

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    Hey all,

    Going to build a box around my stand to hide the sump. Want to use dark wood or a wood i can stain for a dark finish with brushed aluminium handles.

    What is a water safe wood to use? Marine ply? what is the recommended thickness?

    It will not be weight baring and will be help on by magnets for easy removal.

    Thanks :)
     
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  3. Tremayn

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    you can buy waterproofer easily from hardware shops to treat the wood :)
     
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    Marine ply would be the best, but pretty expensive. Know of a few that was build from pine and sealed. Others from ply or high density ply. Also sealed.

    Magnets are a great idea, where would you get strong enough magnets to carry the weight of the wood?
     
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    Even Google is looking for this answer:tt2: ... Marine ply is fine ... Maybe can use stain to make it dark and varnish...... All the best and dont forget the pics .....
     
  6. Alias

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    Will look at the marine ply wood prices. Magnets I've had for ages. They super powerful, don't know any specs on them though. Pics will follow after I get started tomo :)
     
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    Personally my favorite wood is pine. You can stain it any color water proof it and easy to work with.
     
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    Meranti is often used for house and garage doors, and is not as easily affected by moisture as many other woods. Of course, if you can afford it, Mahogany or Teak would be much better, and would also look much nicer, but is also much more expensive.

    Marine ply, or contractor's shutter board (the plywood type) are manufactured with water resistant glue, but the wood itself is not as stable as the hardwoods mentioned above as many of the layers are made from pine. Plywood will, however, resist warping better than the hardwoods. You can get marine ply with a hardwood verneer facing, quite often in Teak. This would look very nice, whilst also being quite practical.

    Personally, if you can afford it, I would go for the solid Teak.

    You should treat any wood with a few coats of marine-grade varnish, both inside and outside, as well as around the edges. A hard-wearing polyurethane varnish would also be suitable as long as it is not exposed to much UV light.

    Hennie
     
  9. leslie hempel

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    shutter ply is your pockets friend ranging between R245 and R275 a 1.220 x 2.4m sheet and it can be manipulated pretty much anyway you want. a bit of a mess to router but it can be done.

    i am using this for my current built

    marine ply is hellish exppensive,
     
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    i agree with leslie i have used shutter ply just sand it down and give it
    a good coat of varnish
     
  11. Elrond

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    Alias,

    I used Meranti with great success (twice). I simply stained it, treated it with MARINE SEALER (Woodoc product) and no problems! I used Marine ply for my lid as this gets exposed to the most mosture.

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    And stained etc...

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    Agreed on the costs, but solid hardwood just looks sooooo much better :whistling:

    Hennie
     
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    I agree with these guys about pine. Its cheap, easy to cut, machine, drill, etc and its the sealant you use that makes it waterproof...;)
     
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    I'll probably be shot down for this, but it's MY opinion.

    The problem with pine is, no matter how much you dress it up, it always LOOKS like pine, i.e.: cheap. Meranti is double the price but still cheap and can easily be made to look like something a little more classy.
     
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    just a note dont try varnishing teak as it is high in oil content rather oil it this is good advice for most solid wood in a marine invironment as the oil soaks into the wood protecting it where as the varnish just coats the outside and it it gets a scratch the moisture gets onderneeth and the rot start just somthing I learned from years in yachting also goes for things like wooden window frames neet the coast
     
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    I couldn't help but notice everyone is looking for strong magnets. I have a pair of magnets that came out of an old pc harddrive, they are super strong and I am sure they will hold almost anything... problem is I don't know where one can find old hd's.
     
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    A company in Edenvale has any magnet you would want. Got my magnets from them. Called Magnetech.
     
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    Anyone know where i can find magnets in durban, thanks
     
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