Just wanted to get all your opinions on replacing the Ash 1/8 plywood with 1/8 oak. My 1963 airflyte has ash that was painted and I don't think stripping the paint is an option i.e. way to much work! I think it may be near impossible to get ash in 1/8 and 1/4 is way expensive ($60-$75/ 4x8 sheet)! Oak and Ash are very similar in grain but I am not sure how the shellac would look? I can get birch but still more expensive than Oak. I have oak kitchen cabinets in my house but oak was used way to much in the 80's and 90's and I don't really like it so much in the kitchen. What would you do?
Post by Gone Kayaking on Nov 9, 2011 20:29:55 GMT -5
Hi Ive seen a few with oak but it's not typical. Prices I've seen for birch run more like 20-30 per sheet for 1/8 it's easy to find where I am (CA) but folks in some parts of country seem to have a hard time finding. If the trailer is for you to keep and use do what feels right to you and fits your budget.
I recently talked to the lumber yard about oak, and he felt that it is a darker and pinker color than ash. Birch is closer in color. If you're using amber shellac, oak should blend pretty well.
In WA, 3/16 birch is available at Home Depot for 12 bucks a sheet. You have to pick and choose, and some lots aren't any good, but the price is worth the hunt... Great for the walls. Gone Kayaking is correct on 1/8 being around $20-$30, which you will need for the ceiling.
Beware Chinese plywood if you are using anything other than shellac. Some finishes split the top layer of plywood; a test coat of several days may be necessary. From what we have learned, the glue is bad and expands when the finish penetrates.
The part of the country you are reffering to is mine ... NE . It was $50 a sheet for 1/8 Birch and I needed 7 for the roof! I also used the 1/4 from Lowes for the walls. Came out good but you are right, need to pick through.
Have you looked into Maple? would that be a better match in grain and color? just a suggestion, I know its available.
Last Edit: Nov 10, 2011 7:51:30 GMT -5 by tylerbes
I have heard about them but have not utilized them in my home furniture as I am using oak and walnut wood. I have heard about maple that they are not known like preferred choice by wood workers as it is too hard and it does not like stains. Is it true?