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    seats are 2 buckets w side seats and a front cover for the engine

    plan was to put new vinyl on the seats, so after i took off the old vinyl i noticed the frames were not as nice as i thought they would be. so my question is, whats kind of wood do i want to use for my new frames? im going to cut the bucket part into strips for the curved part and fiberglass over it for strenght.

    i saw a sheet of birch that looked like it would make for some nice seats, but $45 has me thinking it might be overkill and id better ask first. i have thompsens water sealer from when i did the bunks on the trailer. so it'll get sealed in that stuff.

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    what plywood to build frames from?

    edit: its going into my 18' advantage. thanks again

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    I used 5/8" marine plywood for my seat frames, and it was nowhere near $45 a sheet. It was more like $80. Also when you make your seat backs dont cut separate strips just score the hell out ot the ply and walk it around, then glass it up. It will be much cleaner and stronger.
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    definitely marine grade, cut pieces seal it several times, assemble frames, glass edges and corners, if you have the left over resin, use it!

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    where can i score some of the marine grade stuff at? and when you say glass the edges and corners, your talking about putting fiberglass on the edges all the way around and in the corners right? and super jet thanks for the idea about scoring the wood instead of cutting it into strips, i could see that happening, just dont have the space to soak it in water to bend it. thanks for the info

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    Any good lumber yard will have it. Not home depot speed and marine. And yes firberglass all the joints and seal the rest of the wood with resin, you should be good to go


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    No need for marine....1/2 regular ply is fine with a good sealer after you fiberglass the joining areas only. Small strips of ply/fiber on those areas only. Drill out a hole or 2 in seat pan. DONT SEAL THE REST OF THE WOOD WITH RESIN If you plan on stapling into it. Again a good wood sealer on the rest. I built my interior and the girlfriend sewed...a few years ago this way and has no water damage.
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    Exterior plywood, ACX, ABX, CDX, have exactly the same glue as marine plywood. The difference is, the marine plywood has the core voids filled and has more plys. Exterior ply will work fine. If you are really worried about it, another $50 will get you the marine ply.

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