Taco Marine - Projects Guide - page 31

Marine Lumber
HANDY HANKS’ TIPS: Never use lead pencil, ink pen, magic marker, etc. on
the unprotected surface of Marine Lumber. These items will permanently stain
the marine lumber. Cut holes and notches in the components first before cutting
them out of the Marine Lumber sheet. All cutting tools should be carbide tipped
if possible. Circular blades should have 50-70 teeth and run at approximately
1200 rpm. When drilling, Marine Lumber gets hot. Stop frequently to let it cool
3. Finish all edges using a router with a 1/2" carbide bit with at least 2 flutes or an orbital
sander with 120 grit sandpaper.
4. If you are bending the Marine Lumber to create a corner, you can place it on top of
a piece of plywood so that the bend line is just past the edge. Heat it with a heat gun
across the bend line allowing the part extended over the edge to bend downward. If
you are bending it in place, secure with clamps and apply heat with a heat gun. Start
at the clamped end, gradually apply pressure and work in one direction.
HANDY HANKS’ TIP: If you want to create sharp corners, you can make a V shaped notch on the inside
of the bend line with a router before bending.
5. Drill the attachment holes in the Marine Lumber using a drill bit slightly larger than
the mounting screws or bolts to allow for expansion and contraction of the Marine
Lumber. For best results, use a sharp, high-speed drill bit. Countersink the holes
with a countersink bit to allow the screw heads to be flush with the surface of the
Marine Lumber. If you are going to counterbore the holes, it should be no deeper
than 1/3 of the thickness of the Marine Lumber.
1. Hold your accessory in position and drill through the mounting holes into the surface
you are mounting it to. Make sure the drill bit is smaller than the mounting screws or
bolts so the threads will grip, unless you are through-bolting.
2. Install your accessory using fasteners. Coat the threads with a silicone sealant or 3M
5200 before installing them to create a watertight seal.
HANDY HANKS’ TIP: Most sealants and adhesives will not adhere to Marine Lumber. 3M makes one that
will work. It is called Scotch-Weld DP-8005. If you are bolting Marine lumber to another surface and
need to make a water-tight seal, you can use 3M 5200 or one of TACO's weather seals. Both will act as
sealants only, not adhesives.
• Clean Marine Lumber with a mild solution of liquid soap or boat wash and water, and
a synthetic/nylon “scrub” brush
• Remove stains with Citrus Cleaner, Mineral Spirits, or Alcohol
• Avoid contact with chemicals such as Teak Oil, which can cause permanent stains
• Lead pencil, Ink pen, or permanent markers will stain Marine Lumber
• Furniture polish or products such as Armor-All
can add an attractive luster to the finish
Lumber Lite is a cellular marine grade utility sheet designed to withstand harsh marine
environments. 40% lighter than Marine Lumber sheets, Lumber Lite is an ideal product
to replace wood. Can be used as upholstery backing.
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