The recommended timber for strip planking is Western Red or Yellow Cedar. An Internet search found Stones Marine Timber, based in East Portlemouth in Devon. This was a fortunate find, because not only is this almost a local supplier for me, but the quality of timber which that company supplies is exceptional. The Red Cedar that I bought was quarter sawn, straight, blemish free, and importantly, 5.5 metres (18 feet) long. As the finished boat is only 4.9 metres (16 feet) long, I will avoid the laborious task of scarfing dozens of strips to get the required length.
The first operation was to plane and thickness the 25 X 200 mm planks. With my small Record Power planer-
I then ripped the planks down to 20 X 9.5 mm strips, and thicknessed the strips, ending up with 144 strips 8.5 mm thick, and 20 mm wide.
I did a price comparison between doing the machining myself, and buying the strips ready to use from a different timber merchant. The saving was just under £1100, enough to buy a planer-
The only difficult part of routing the curves on the edges of the strips was finding a cove and bead router cutter. There are plenty available for 6 mm strips, but the only company that I could find with larger sizes was Rockler.com in America. Getting the bit was expensive, and it was only after I had received it that I discovered that I could have got a very similar cutter on Amazon for 1/5 of the price. Just search for Yonico-
Routing the curves was simplicity itself. I used featherboards on my home-