what type of wood do you use for the front seat? I is only about 2-3 eighth thick I think.
I know plywood could be used, but it has splintered edges.
I sat on my new springs because I was impetuous to drive it again and I dented the springs. They bowed into the gas tank!
I am using red oak I run it through my planer to get the needed thickness
I think maybe you mean the door under the seat? I've found Basswood strips at Home Depot in various width that is just about the perfect thickness.
Oak is kind of a pain when using nails, something like Ash or Spruce would (wood?) be preferred if you can find it.
Poplar is a good, inexpensive, strong wood with tight grains that won't split and is easy to work. It is also easily available at the home improvement centers like Lowe's and Home Depot. Also, as a hardwood, the close grain mimmicks other, more expensive, wood like Walnut, Mahogany and Cherry so whatever color stain you use will make it appear as if you used that wood. Minwax Pecan colored Polyurethane gives you the exact color of cherry and also gives you the deep golden color of aged wood. Jim Patrick
Poplar inexpensive? in jax it is running almost $6 per foot for a 12" wide board making it one of the more expensive boards? am I shopping at the wrong home depot?
Thank you that helps. Yes it is for the door under the seat. I know just where it is in home depot.
Any wood 12" finished is going to be expensive. I wish I could get 12" Poplar. 8" finished is the widest at Home Depot unless you want Pine. Around here, Ash is about half that in 4/4 rough but you have to dimension it.
I don't think there is much difference between an earlier and '15 in this area...but that is talking out my butt.
Here is what a '15 wood seat bottom would look like for the so-called MB manufactured seat frame. Gives you some ideas as to construction, you'll probably have to remeasure the outside requirements and the gas tank hole to suit.
I cut the slats for my 1915 runabout out of Alder from my firewood pile. Nails are 1" long, pounded all the way through )about 1/4" sticking out, then bent over on the underside.
here is an original 1915 back seat:
I do not believe the cover for yours was hinged.
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If Ford ever used any shipping crate wood, I would think those pieces would have been it!
Look for a local cabinet or trim shop. They have all kinds of various woods at less than half the price of the Big Box stores, and can mill it down for you to whatever thickness you want.