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Old 08-28-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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Building materials?

I have done a search for building materials, but have not found what I am looking for. With all the interior rebuilds that I am seeing, it seems that a lot of weight is being added. What lightweight strong materials are being used to rebuild cabinets and furniture? Or is there really nothing better than what was originally used (for weight that is)

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Old 08-28-2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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we're using red alder. It looks like new cherry when varnished and is very light weight. Boards are not expensive, but the 1/4 inch plywood is more expensive than oak or maple plywood. Hidden construction is basswood, again something quite lightweight but strong.


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Old 08-28-2012, 09:29 PM   #3
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The interior on the Tradewind was in pretty good condition when we rescued her. Airstream refered to the cabinetry of that era as Perma-Tech Furniture. I decided to keep the frames but replaced the laminate with ¼ inch Hickory plywood. It slips into the extruded framing just as the plastic did.
The thinner laminate strips on the face frames are either milled from Hickory stock or trimmed down “Iron On” edge banding.
The ply is slightly lighter in weight than the laminate and looks so much nicer when stained.

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