View Full Version : Amount of SITKA SPRUCE needed:
09-15-2002, 06:58 AM
I'm considering building a twelve stave Sitka Spruce mast using the birds mouth technique.Each stave will be one inch thick,by1.45 inch wide by 33 1/3 feet long.This gives me a 5 1/2 inch dia. mast 33 1/3 feet high.Adding about 20% more for waste and scarfs ,Im wondering how much Sitka do I need and how much would it cost?Thanks Jim:eek:
09-15-2002, 06:22 PM
The Sitka we stock is in 2? x 8? x up to 20?, cost is $ 12.44 bd ft. Best would be to figure your best yield out of that dimension.
09-22-2002, 09:21 AM
Do you mean an 8 stave mast like the kind described in Wooden Boat Magazine #149?
We just built 2 using Douglas fir and the birds mouth technique,
a 30' and a 33', for a cat ketch.
09-22-2002, 11:42 AM
Topsail ;yes I mean the similar method as the 8 stave but will use 12 stave as shown in Boatbuilder mag May/June 2001 and July/August 2001.:) The 12 stave is a little stronger and a little thicker due to using 12 staves so we are going that way.Did it take you long to sand the mast -do you have any special sanding tips for this project that would help us?
12-08-2003, 09:50 PM
I am just rounding my 8 stave mast. How did you get the 30' mast round? Elbow grease? Special technique?
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