New, New TardisBuilders!
Started by pmc, Oct 28, 2010, 05:09 pm
Quote from: pmc on Oct 28, 2010, 05:09 pmSo how do we make wood last a long time when it sits out in the damp cold British winters?
Quote from: hb88banzai on Oct 29, 2010, 09:08 amOne place you could start is with the type of wood itself. Using a rot & insect resistant wood like teak, (bald or swamp) cypress, cedar or redwood (even European "redwood" aka Scots Pine, etc.) in your build would give you a good head start for whatever weatherproofing was then used. Note that California Redwood in particular sucks up and holds weatherproofing finishes extremely well due to its open pore structure (just watch out for almost microscopic splinters when handling or sanding).Of course with teak, you don't have to weatherproof the wood much at all due to the high resin content (which is one of the reasons it was used on ships and for original Police Box doors). But then you would have to be independently wealthy in order to afford that particular timber.
Quote from: pmc on Oct 28, 2010, 05:09 pmI was thinking about the fibreglass option and was wondering if it were possible to give a thin outer layer of fiberglass over your finished wooden Tardis.
Quote from: philipw on Oct 30, 2010, 12:43 am(snip)Contacting locations in Calif then, I confirmed it was near impossible to get what I needed, which was straight, clear boards and since I didn't necessarily have to have redwood, I used spanish cedar in its place. I would again as I really liked that material, its strength, workability and cost.I cannot recall a time I've seen redwood of any grade in any lumberyard, much less a home center here in Texas. I'm glad to hear it's still available as there are times when only redwood will do on a project.
Quote from: hb88banzai on Oct 30, 2010, 04:04 amIn the end it definitely comes down to what you can source wherever you are at. I was once only 200 miles away in Oregon and the lumber yard there said Redwood was almost impossible for them to to get as well. Yet, here it is.