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Old 06-28-2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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What kind of wood was used in 1967 Safari

Can anyone tell me what kind of wood may have been used in my 1967 Safari? I am currently refinishing all the cabinets and panels and I need to replace one of the closet doors. I can't tell if it is oak, maple, walnut....anyone know? Thanks, Brett
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:00 PM   #2
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Mine was oak plywood. Was being the keyword here. I ripped it out and put in knotty alder.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:05 PM   #3
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Oak for the frame work and Oak plywood for the doors. Not sure if a different wood was used on an International.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:23 PM   #4
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the international had mahogany, typically a darker color with wood not as tightly grained.

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Old 06-28-2011, 11:08 PM   #5
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Hi,
I have a '68 Globetrotter and replaced slot of upper cabinets with birch plywood. The doors in mine looked to be an oak plywood. I lighted the cabinet finish to match the original.good luck.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:03 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forums. Airstream trailers could be customized with different interior and exterior trim levels and materials/fabrics. Mine is an International trim package and has Mahogany plywood (dark) and Aqua fiberglas and formica throughout. If the level was basic trim package Oak or Birch plywood (Light) with Yellow fiberglas and formica was widely used in both Califoria and Ohio built units. Of course that was standard factory stuff. Your trailers' original owner could have had anything custom installed at time of order or as an after market upgrade. Happy Trails, Ed
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:55 PM   #7
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According to my research, the 68GT was available standard with ASH, and optional with Mahogany. Your 67 could be Ash if it looks a bit like oak. I believe for sure that my 68 is Ash, as I do a fair amount of finish carpentry, and have removed and resawn most all of it for my new floorplan with side dinette.

I don't believe that Ash plywood is easily available. The grain is similar to some variances of Oak, so that is what I am using when needed. You really can't tell the difference unless you're a wood grain fancier. Ash can be mistaken for Oak. The natural color of Ash fits between red and white oak. In 68, Airstream sprayed the interior with clear lacquer, not varnish.

Ash is a very fine wood. Because of its flexibility It is finely split to make baskets. Consider yourself very lucky if you have an Ash interior.
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:41 PM   #8
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Had Ash in my '67 Globetrotter. It does look a lot like Oak. The sales book from that year also says Ash or Mahogany.
The species was confirmed when I took a door to the local Hardwood Supplier.
Veneer plywood of every imaginable variety is readily available, but you will need to go to a lumber supplier that caters to the woodworking and furniture building hobbyist.

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I believe the lacquer finish was used only on ash/oak while a natural oil finish was applied on mahogany cabinets.

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Looks like it must be oak. Thanks for the replies. Happy camping
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Just getting to the interior wood on my 67 Tradewind California built and mine had a pickled type finish. I'm no expert but asked somebody that does a lot of woodwork and they thought the wood in mine was ash. Going to bring some of the old woodwork to a hardwood supplier this AM to see what they think as I am ready to purchase some sheets of 1/4" to do the walls between bath and sleeping area. Will report back with what I find out.
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My 66 Tradewind looks like oak to me, but I have been told that it is actually ash.

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Old 01-11-2012, 04:14 PM   #13
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my 66 has ASH too
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My '67 Trade Wind has ash, too. It was originally that weird pickled finish. If you sand that off and give it a clear finish, it is absolutely beautiful.
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