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Red Oak

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Is there a very good or compelling reason not to use steam bent red oak sealed with turpentine and linseed oil and fastened with copper nails and roves for the gunwale of a small trailer stored sailing dinghy? For me red oak in almost any quantity is free. So is ash for that matter, and even cherry.

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The compelling reason not to use red oak is that it absorbs water and will rot.  You could encapsulate it in epoxy to help keep moisture out.  You also could do a laminate of strips of oak with epoxy.  After all that it might just be more cost effective just to use white oak.  Even ash or cherry would be better.

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