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  1. #1
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    Default Need timbers for SOF kayaks SW of Victoria.

    I'm going to build some SOF boats for the grandkids , and need to source some light straight grained knot free timbers down this way , SW Vic.
    Any pointers ?.
    Regards Rob J.

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    Paulownia has been suggested , available in Melbourne Paulownia Timber .
    Any comments?.
    Rob J.

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    Howdy Rob,

    I used Paulownia for the stringers of my SOF kayak. It's ideal - lightweight, easily worked, bends quite well and is reasonably priced - at least it was when I bought mine.
    Currently using it to build a SOT fishing ski.

    The source you linked to and one in Qld are the only ones I know of and the timber may come from the same plantation anyway.

    What design are you going to build - or are you designing your own?
    Cheers, Bob the labrat

    Measure once and.... the phone rings!

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    Thanks for that Bob.
    I'm going to start with a Dave Gentry Kidyak Kidyak page .
    If it turns out ok , I've got lots more grandkids to build for , and some big kids too.
    Regards and thanks Rob J.

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    I asked Dave about using Pawlownia for the kidyak , this is his response.
    "Paulownia is fine for stringers, though it is not very strong at all. You might beef up the gunwales and keel a bit, to compensate.



    Dave".

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    For this boat , I'll be using a 3.3 metre mahogany board.
    Hopefully , I'll be building more SOF boats , so I'll certainly try other woods.
    Regards Rob J.

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