Post by vilanobeachsurf on Feb 21, 2012 11:54:00 GMT -5
Interesting thought about Basswood...I guess that you have a good supply of it?
It appears that Basswood is a bit lighter than red cedar and a bit heavier than white cedar but is also a lot stronger. I don't think any of these items would preclude you from using Basswood for a SUP...Not too sure about how Basswood likes water though.
I'm using Cedar on mine but would like to use something else for a contrasting color. Maybe board #2!
I think the best wood for this is Sitka Spruce. Very difficult to get. I used aviation grade Sitka Spruce on my first hollow wood board. Slightly lighter than white cedar, and structural no wood compares. Grain lines are about a 1/16th inch apart and staright as an arrow. I found a grain line 1 inch from the edge of a straight board would be 1 inch away from that edge at the other end of a 9' long board. Structural integrity this imparts on the board is unsurpassed. It also shapes very nidely. I got my Sitka Spruce (logged in Alaska) from a guy in British Columbia who no longer does that (retired). So if money is not an issue, and you can find a source....try Sitka Spruce. There is also boat grade Sitka that you may find in boat building circles......used for masts, rudders, dagger boards, etc.