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    I need some good info for sourcing some new stringers for my boat. I have been searching high and low at all the lumber companies and also at some mills. Everything I have read so far is that I need a moisture content of 9% or less. Nobody can do that! Even people with special kilns! Yet everyone can do a kiln dried with 19% or less. So, is that O.K. or will that be a bad mistake to use that wood? Of course I am looking for doug fir structural grade material but at this point I am running out of options. One thing I have found out that is kind of interesting is that everyone states you need 9% or less but not one person has ever stated where they actually found it!

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    [QUOTE=spectra 224;1733621]I need some good info for sourcing some new stringers for my boat. I have been searching high and low at all the lumber companies and also at some mills. Everything I have read so far is that I need a moisture content of 9% or less. Nobody can do that! Even people with special kilns! Yet everyone can do a kiln dried with 19% or less. So, is that O.K. or will that be a bad mistake to use that wood? Of course I am looking for doug fir structural grade material but at this point I am running out of options. One thing I have found out that is kind of interesting is that everyone states you need 9% or less but not one person has ever stated where they actually found it!

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    I'd like to know as I'm about to be in the same boat . 19% don't seem right it has to be less than that and if I remember correctly A saw mill i caled said they could get it to around ten then u hafta let them sit in the sun but make sure you have sticks or bricks under them to let the air circulate so they don't warp for the last little bit.

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    kiln dried usually is a order item. if you have a meeks lumber they can order it. best thing is look for a hardwood shop or cabinet maker that specializes in cabinet wood. dont order 19% and try to hold it to finish. what happens in the wood will dry bad on outer and hold moisture inside. then will warp. get doug fur ir you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sangerfan76 View Post
    kiln dried usually is a order item. if you have a meeks lumber they can order it. best thing is look for a hardwood shop or cabinet maker that specializes in cabinet wood. dont order 19% and try to hold it to finish. what happens in the wood will dry bad on outer and hold moisture inside. then will warp. get doug fur ir you can.
    you forgot to mention .......................that it just might crack ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ .

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    Dont make this to hard. Go to lowes specail order desk and get two sheets of marine grade plywood 1/4" or 1/2" depends how thick you want your stinger's to be. Cut your design twice and glue the two together. That will work as well if not better than any straight single peice of lumber you can find......Marine grade plywood done like that is a perfect solution remeber when you glass them in.. it is the glass that supports the system not the wood and that wood is perfect if not more sound than some hardwood....I dont have sheer strength for you but it wood...astound you.

    Lowes can order the lumber there is a large dist of marine grade plywood in west tigard..Hell you can get 16' sheets if you want.

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    I ended up finding some KD clear doug fir at a local yard. They ordered it up for me and it is an amazing cut of wood! No blems and straight as an arrow!
    The one down side is the price but you get what you pay for and I think this will turn out very nice!

    Just waiting now for my order form US Composites to show up now with my E-glass and 635 epoxy resin!

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