Resawing Mahogany for Rub Rails: I'm starting to think ahead to making the rub rails, which will be needed immediately after fiberglassing the hull.
In my entry on June 17, 2002, I told the story of getting a truckload of mahogany planks at a garage sale. I'll use this wood for all of the brightwork on the boat, including the rubrails. Since the dimensions of the planks are 96" x 15" x 1 3/4", they have to be resawn to get the thickness down to a usable size. I checked around and found a company called T2TheS which does high end wood fabrication and has a Horizontal Band Resaw machine.
This is the Northtech HBR-300, in the T2THES shop. The one inch horizontal bandsaw blade moves up and down to the dimensions set on the control panel.
The one inch blade on the Northtech.
The Northtech control panel.
The back of the Northtech, showing the 25hp electric motor and a Delta dust collector.
This is the resawn mahogany. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the results.
Since the hull is now fair, my next step will be to buy fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin to cover the hull!