Chuck,oldsparkey said:I epoxy saturate the wood and then glass it for protection.
I use epoxy on my furniture projects, especially when I am using mortise and tenon joinery where I spread glue inside of the mortise and on the tenon, letting the resin soak in, then after a light hit on hte sandin' I'll apply the glue up expoxy to the mortise and then clamp things together. . . It makes it hard to fit the joints sometimes as things get mighty tight but that saturation coat really helps the epoxy hold things permanently. . . I have never had a joint I put together like that come apart on me. . . Even when I use cherry, where it LOVES to gap itself at the joints.oldsparkey said:I saturate both sides , besides adding some strength to the wood it offers the epoxy when you glass it something extra to bond to. Especially since the saturation coat has soaked into the wood. . .
I wouldn't hesitate to use the 10.00 per sheet, if I could find a couple of good clean sheets, which you usually can if you are patient and flip through the stack and maybe go to a couple of different stores if you have to. Lots of guys that build more boats than me use it and have great results.tx river rat said:I am going to add a little note to this,I have built 9 boats 8 out of laun and never had a problem ,and Chuck will testify that I use the heck out of my boats and they are not babied.
One note and I think this is important with any ply but the cheaper ply especially MAKE SURE THE PLY IS COMPLETELY COVERED AND ENCAPULATED IN GLASS.
Mine have been built from the 10.00 a sheet stuff
Steve, the manufacturers of plywood - so far, in all countries where its made - have definite standards of manufacture. They contradict your statements here. There are definitely different types and grades of wood and glues, designed for different uses and applications.Steve said:. . . actually all the makers of ply are using basically the same glues, ... and the epoxy basically overrides the glue already there. ... A thorough saturation coat , inside and out, will be the answer for all ply. . . cheap or expensive.
Steve ...Steve said:(some of the guys may disagree with me on this, but it is how I see it) once the boat is given a GOOD saturation coat before applying the glass, the epoxy basically overrides the glue already there.