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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Interior Wood Species Selection

Haven't said much on this for a while, cause not much has happened. This is part of the interior design process that we have been putting off for as long as we can, simply because... we are not interior designers. It is the classic "We don't know what we want, but we know what we don't want" conundrum. But now there is no escape. Decisions need to be made soon (by this summer).

Since we are familiar with teak (lots of it on the small boat) and we know we do not want teak (too dark, too expensive, see below) we figure a good start is choosing an alternate wood specie. We visited our local hardwood supplier to pick some candidate samples. The first group of candidates are (with approximate prices)...

  • Teak (for comparison) - $35 per board-foot
  • Sapele (pronounced sah-pee-lee) - $7 per board-foot
  • Khaya (pronounced kai-yah) - $6 per board-foot
  • Cherry - $5 per board-foot
  • Beech, Steamed - $5 per board foot
  • Alder - $4 per board foot
  • Western Maple - $3 per board foot

L-to-R, Dark-to-light: Teak, Sapele, Khaya, Cherry, Beech, Alder, Maple
Next step: apply a couple of our favorite varnishes to the samples.

Stay tuned...
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