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Old 08-03-2010, 07:42 PM
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What type of wood is used in rocket launchers and fighting chairs? Not sure whether to ask here or in the fishing section. Thanks.
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I would think marine grade ply properly impregnated with epoxies to curtail rot.
Otherwise, Starboard.

That's a just a guess.
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A while back there was a guy who purchased a slab of something exotic and made a custom fighting chair that was insane. I just spent 30 min searching for that thread but couldn't find it. Anyone remember??
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I would look into some Honduras Mahogany. I used some to build seats for my boat and it came out awesome. I was able to seal it with West System and 5 coats of Spare varnish.
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Teak if finished bright. You could make one out of laminated ply and then cover with epoxy cloth and paint.
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
What type of wood is used in rocket launchers and fighting chairs? Not sure whether to ask here or in the fishing section. Thanks.
Teak
Different varieties of Mahogany
African Bubinga

To name a few
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A while back there was a guy who purchased a slab of something exotic and made a custom fighting chair that was insane. I just spent 30 min searching for that thread but couldn't find it. Anyone remember??
African bubinga Looked incredible when finished

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The question is where to find some of this stuff. I'll have to look around. Thanks!
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You can get teak from World Panel Products.... Take it like a man when they tell you how much. It has gone way up in the last few years. It used to be kind of brought in through the black market. It is all plantation grown now and the tarrifs are big$$$. You can do painted for way less.
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Originally Posted by Tarbaby View Post
Take it like a man when they tell you how much.
That's not good.

There is a place in Daytona with a small building full of teak pieces of all sizes. For what I need, I could probably find enough at a reasonable price but I am now debating on what I really want to do with it. If I make it look deep and shiny, it will eventually get the cancer they all get when someone bangs it with a rod butt or something else.
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teak is about $28/board foot and for the thick stuff 10/4+ in the mid $30's
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
The question is where to find some of this stuff. I'll have to look around. Thanks!
Are you building it or hiring it out?

If hiring it out, let the builder worry about sourcing the stock, only insist that you approve, if you so desire.

If you are building it, ask some of the higher end furniture makers in the area where they source their exotic hardwoods from.

Step two - scour the internet, and be prepared to maybe have to drive a bit to get it.
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Seafarer marine in FT. Lauderdale should have anything.
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My who is a furniture builder says that to call your local woodshop and they will tell you where they source their wood
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Try Release MArine. Maybe they have a trade in that needs to be refinished.

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I am assuming you want wood as you have a lot of wood trim on the boat? I woodn't think of using wood anywhere on my piece of plastic.

Anyway, have fun and post pictures as you progress...
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Jags I built a rocket launcher out of scrap English Walnut. A buddy is in the construction business and a couple of boards were left over. It is about 10 years old and looks like teak. Most folks just think it is teak.
My point is just about any quality will work out well. Teak does not take to epoxy well because of the oils. You have to wash it really good with acetone.
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Originally Posted by CB Haws View Post
Jags I built a rocket launcher out of scrap English Walnut. A buddy is in the construction business and a couple of boards were left over. It is about 10 years old and looks like teak. Most folks just think it is teak.
My point is just about any quality will work out well. Teak does not take to epoxy well because of the oils. You have to wash it really good with acetone.
Nice classic look.....
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This isn't a serious project, just something fun I am thinking about doing. The only reason I am considering wood over starboard is for the look. If I do this, the idea is to build a smallish 4 rod rocket launcher to which 2 aluminum stands will be attached that will mount in 2 transom rod holders I have on the boat. Since it would be mounted over the transom in front of the OB's, it will not take up any deck space and will only be used for sailfishing...unless I love it and decide to use it other times. I can remove it from the boat since it will be mounted in rod holders. The idea is that only TLD25's will be used in it instead of 50 lb class tackle but it should handle the heavier tackle just fine.
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