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sinjon

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Making ply look like mahogany
« on: August 05, 2009, 04:59:34 PM »

A couple of years ago I got an old Billings Jylland kit from Ebay. now in between boats I thought I would give it a try.
The mahogany is incredibly brittle, so I am replacing much of it with fine birch ply, but thats what it looks like of course, any thoughts on stain, paint, tea leaves, walnut skins, anything to make it just a bit more mahoganyish.

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Re: Making ply look like mahogany
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 05:35:07 PM »

Just an idea - have you thought about using Mahogany Ply?

Might be easier &, having just done a search, it's available in 1.5mm x 3 ply.

https://www.mantuamodel.co.uk/Wood/Mahogany_Plywood/_87701__Mahogany_Plywood_1_5mm_291.html

(Assuming you've not already constructed in in birch)

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Re: Making ply look like mahogany
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 08:22:46 PM »

A cheap solution would be to cover the ply with Fablon sticky backed plastic and seal in on with matt varnish. I used this technique on my Deans marine Medea kit and it worked very well. You can get several different wood effect finishes and I used two to get the effect below.

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Re: Making ply look like mahogany
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 08:35:30 AM »

Thank you gentlemen I shall use both, I have just ordered some mahogany ply for parts not yet made, and the Fablon for the parts that really have already taken ages to make

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