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Redwood for Planking?

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Andy Hutyera, May 31, 2021.

  1. Andy Hutyera

    Andy Hutyera The Red Canoe Guy

    Does anyone have any experience using redwood for planking? A friend had a house fire and the renovators tore our a lot of 5/4 redwood planking in long lengths that were unaffected by the fire. They were going to trash it and he spoke up for it. My experience with redwood leads me to believe it is similar in characteristics to red cedar which is what I was going to use for planking. It's very light, very rot resistant and tends to be brittle like red cedar. The price is right as he's willing to let me have all I want.
     
  2. Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I wondered the same thing myself as I saved the redwood siding from a house that was torn down.
     
  3. Todd Bradshaw

    Todd Bradshaw Sailmaker

    I don't know why it wouldn't work as planking. It can also make pretty decent strippers. You just need to be careful making tight bends or twists as it can shatter if pushed too far.

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    Andy Hutyera

    Andy Hutyera The Red Canoe Guy

    Thanks Todd. I'll give it a try. Craig, I'll let you know how I make out. Will try to use lots of hot water and towels on the bends.
     

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