Black walnut toe rails?

Sea_Squirrel

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Greetings! I’ve got a project boat (Dolphin 24) that needs all of the toe rail replaced. I also happen to have an abundance of black walnut on hand… I’m wondering if anyone has experience with utilizing black walnut for deck applications, can I varnish this, can I use teak oil, is this a viable option?

Thanks!

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slug zitski

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Greetings! I’ve got a project boat (Dolphin 24) that needs all of the toe rail replaced. I also happen to have an abundance of black walnut on hand… I’m wondering if anyone has experience with utilizing black walnut for deck applications, can I varnish this, can I use teak oil, is this a viable option?

Thanks!

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Walnut is an excellent boatbuilding wood

it’s defect is that because the trees are short and stout you have a difficult time finding clear long boards


Also consider iroko , mahogany , sepelie …quarter sawn

ask your timber supplier for suggestions

if possible use bronze fasteners …stainless stains the wood if it gets wet
 

Rasputin22

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A straight trunk of good quality black walnut that would make nice stock for toerails would probably be worth far more as a bole for veneering.
 
I couldn't tell ya the providence, but Black Walnut is bad luck on a boat.

Locust would be a good choice if you can find. I don't think there's a commercial market, so you need to find a small mill that has some that was "cut and stickered out back" long enough to have air dried.

Iroko is a commodity and is available as deck planks. I haven't worked with it much but I would do some research and destructive testing before using the terms "bend" and "scarf" in the same neighborhood. And wear a dust mask when working with tropical mystery woods.
 
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SimonGH

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I just did a home deck in Cumaru (Brazilian teak). Aside from being rock hard and very dense, I was able to get 18' clear boards. It seems like it would do well on a boat?
 

slug zitski

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synthetic will work

your choice

machining a toe rail is a big job that requires a workshop, bench and floor tools

that synthetic comes in a coil

much time saved
 

Sea_Squirrel

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Thanks for all of the advice and ideas folks! I’d really like to keep the wood toe rails if possible, I know they’ll be more work but I think the reward is so worth it! I’ll have to do some pondering on this.. I’ve got all winter 😅
 

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In that case, mahogoney. That's what I used for my rub rail, with a stainless steel cap to protect it from steel pilings. It's generally one of the easier to find woods.
 

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