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Redwood boards and install question
#1213635 Tue Apr 18 2017 06:32 AM
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Has anyone tried using redwood for replacement boards? Is it feasible to remove two or three boards/bolts/metal sliders at a time and replace them over a week or two? Thanks.

Re: Redwood boards and install question
JackAttack #1213701 Tue Apr 18 2017 09:20 PM
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Redwood is a pretty soft wood, but it it weather resistant. I've been looking into Alaskan Yellow Cedar (actually in the cypress family). It's highly weather resistant, but if you don't use corrosion resistant fasteners, will rust stain pretty quickly because of the resins in it.

I don't have any first hand experience with putting the bed wood in but I would think it would be possible. Probably easier though to do the job all at once.

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Re: Redwood boards and install question
JackAttack #1213769 Wed Apr 19 2017 04:19 AM
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Not sure on the viability of Redwood but can comment on replacing. It will most likely be easiest working toward the middle (clearance on the welded sides varies). If your hardware is not new I would suggest all new bolts, if your strips are questionable then those too. Good luck!

Re: Redwood boards and install question
JackAttack #1213781 Wed Apr 19 2017 05:41 AM
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I agree with Brad. I had to shave my outermost boards for a perfect fit...mind you my box is homebuilt and my careful measuring was be out just a "titch."

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