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88 55SS interior veneer?

Discussion in 'Ocean Yacht' started by praetorian47, Dec 31, 2018.

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  1. praetorian47

    praetorian47 Senior Member

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    When I bought my boat 2 years ago, I did some extensive refitting. I had lots of teak veneer from an older Taiwanese trawler I'd restored years ago so I used it, really without thinking that the existing wood may not be teak. The galley cupboards are definitely not teak but the rest seemed to match. After living with the boat for 2 years, and a redoing the exterior teak (taken to bare wood), I'm looking at the interior again and not sure if it is actually teak, or maybe mahogany.

    Did Ocean use teak or mahogany, or something else in these interiors? the galley cupboards are well done and I like them. I really love the garage door style of them with the addition of some pullouts and the finish seems durable.

    I've got some damage under one window where I think it leaked years before (the leak is long been repaired) and was thinking of stripping and refinishing. If the wood is too stained to be repaired, I may reveneer but want the right stuff.

    There's some other spots where I had to add teak veneer and it doesn't match so my plan is to redo those whole sections this winter.

    Here's a link to the veneer if you're interested.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/8FoV8aY16zYxfb8i9

    Thanks for any and all help!
  2. d_meister

    d_meister Senior Member

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    Looks like cherry, to me. Cherry darkens over time,as does mahogany. Mahogany tends to have a straighter, closer grain, and turns dark coffee-brown with age, while cherry remains essentially golden brown. Mahogany also has a pronounced tubular capillary type of grain structure. There are many wood grain pictures on line. Try to compare images with a similar finish, as milled, unfinished cherry is lighter and has a more red, or pink, undertone to the color that disappears after finishing, largely due to the amber tone of most varnishes and polyurethanes. The dominant color of cherry is similar to teak, until you get them side by side and see the black grain tracers in teak and the wider, more open grain pattern.
    Cherry has become very common on yachts since the cost of Burmese Teak has skyrocketed over the years. It has a pleasing golden brown color similar to teak, and is readily available in all forms in bulk quantities. Ready availability in veneered plywood sheets in 1/4", 1/2", and 3/4" large sheets is a major factor in it's use.
    A good source for wood identification is The Wood Database.
  3. praetorian47

    praetorian47 Senior Member

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    Thanks, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t teak especially after using teak veneer next to it. I hadn’t considered cherry, so I’m glad I asked.