High-Boatbuilding Lumber

Through our suppliers of high-quality marine lumber, Chesapeake Light Craft is able to offer a wide variety of domestic and imported woods, perfect for building boats, cabinets, furniture, or fine homes.  

The product line includes the species listed below, available in a range of lengths, widths, and thicknesses.  Lumber can be quarter sawn or custom sawn and ordered green or kiln dried.  Additionally, the mill can provide planing, straight-line ripping, high-quality resawing, and milling to a large selection of architectural molding patterns.  Most orders from the list on this page will ship direct from Maine.  

To inquire about pricing, variety and availability, or to place an order, contact our lumber specialist, Ed Wigglesworth: ed@clcboats.com or 410-267-0137 ext. 11. 

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High-Quality Boat-Building Lumber

Domestic Species

   
Ash Sel & Btr 4/4, 6/4, 8/4
Aspen Sel & Btr 4/4
Basswood 1C & Btr 4/4, 8/4, 12/4, 16/4
Birch, Red Sel & Btr 4/4, 6/4, 8/4
Birch, Yellow Sel & Btr 4/4
Butternut FAS 4/4
Cedar, Aromatic 2C & Btr 4/4
Cedar, Atlantic Clear 4/4, 5/4, 8/4
Cedar, Alaskan Yellow C & Btr 8/4
Cedar, Port Orford C & Btr 8/4 x 6
Cedar, Western Red VG C & Btr 8/4 x 4-10"
Cherry 1F & Btr 4/4 - 16/4 x 8-12"
Cherry QS 4/4
Fir, Douglas CMG 6,10" x 8/4
Fir, Douglas CVG 4-16/4 x 4-12"
Fir, Douglas MG S4S EE 8/4 x 8-12"
Maple, Hard, sap Sel & Btr 4/4, 10/4
Maple, Soft 1C & Btr 4/4, x 6-10"+, 8/4
Oak, Red Sel & Btr 4/4, 5/4, 8/4, 10/4
Oak, White Sel & Btr 4/4, 5/4, 8/4, 10/4
Oak,White QS 4/4, 6/4
Pine, Eastern White D.Sel 4/4, 5/4, 8/4, 4/4 x 14"+
Pine, Eastern White QS 4/4
Poplar Sel & Btr 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4
Sitka Spruce CVG 8/4
Spruce, Northern White Clear 4/4, 8/4
Sycamore FAS 4/4
Walnut 1F & Btr 4-12/4 x 8"+, 13"+

Imported Woods

   
Cedar, SA FAS 4-16/4
Iroko Sel & Btr 4-8/4
Jatoba Sel & Btr 4/4, 8/4
Mahogany, SA Pattern 4-16/4
Goncalo Alves FAS 4/4
Sipo (Utile) Sel & Btr 4-16/4
Sipo (Utile) Boules 4-8/4 x 10"+ x14-20
Walnut, Peruvian 1F & Btr 4/4
Lacewood 1F & Btr 4/4

Figured Woods

   
Maple, Hard, Birdseye, brown 1C & Btr 4/4
Maple, Hard, Birdseye, sap IF 1C & Btr 4/4, 8/4
Maple, Soft, Curly 1C & Btr 4/4, 8/4

FEQ Burmese Teak

   
Thickness Width Length
4/4, 6/4, 8/4 6, 8 6, 7.5
4/4, 6/4, 8/4 6, 8 6, 8
4/4, 6/4, 8/4 6, 8 8, 10
4/4 - 16/4 6, 8 10, 12
4/4, 6/4, 8/4 6, 10 10, 12
4/4, 6/4, 8/4 10 up 10 up
4/4, 6/4, 8/4 6, 10 13, 16
4/4 13"+ 14'+
4/4, 6/4, 8/4 6, 8 17'

Chesapeake Light Craft also stocks a selection of the most popular varieties of boatbuilding lumber, available for purchase in our store using the links below.  This lumber is available by the lineal foot in lengths up to eight feet and ships from the CLC factory in Annapolis, Maryland.

 

Timber Mast & Spar Blanks

Timber Mast & Spar Blanks

Our mast blanks are clear laminated douglas fir, boom, yard and sprit blanks are sitca spruce or cypress, scarfed for ease of assembly.  These spars are strong, stable, relatively light, and resistant to warping.  Just glue the scarf...

from $90.00

Bead and Cove Strips

Bead and Cove Strips

As kits and plans for cedar-strip boat construction grow more accessible to aspiring boatbuilders, we have installed elaborate automated machinery in our Annapolis factory to produce first-rate bead-and-cove cedar strips at reasonable prices. Our...

from $1.80

Cypress - Marine Lumber

Cypress - Marine Lumber

Cypress is our favorite boatbuilding wood.  Taxodium distichum grows in swamps of the US Southeast.  Possessed of a warm, buttery color, it's easy to work, strong, and extremely rot-resistant.  In spite of the natural oils that make...

from $0.75

Mahogany - Marine Lumber

Mahogany - Marine Lumber

True mahogany (Swietenia Macrophylla), also known as Honduran mahogany or big-leaf mahogany, has been valued for centuries for its beauty, durability and resistance to decay. Ever-increasing demand put a lot of strain on the mahogany forests of...

from $1.30

Marine Lumber Project Pack

Marine Lumber Project Pack

From the same supply of high quality marine lumber that we sell by the lineal foot, we've bundled our end cuts into these handy, easy-to-ship project packs.  Boards will be 1-2 feet in length and come in a variety of thicknesses and...

from $25.00

Western Red Cedar Strips without Bead & Cove

Western Red Cedar Strips without Bead & Cove

Most strip-kayak and strip-canoe builders use beads and coves, a sort of tongue-and-groove system milled into the strips, for tight fits and rapid assembly.  But not every strip design benefits from that feature.  Decorative accent...

from $38.00

Western Red Cedar - Marine Lumber

Western Red Cedar - Marine Lumber

Western red cedar (thuja plicata) has many desirable characteristics for boatbuilding including very light weight and a deep reddish hue beneath varnish. An entire cottage industry exists in building strip-planked kayaks, canoes, and small craft...

from $34.00

Sitka Spruce - Marine Lumber

Sitka Spruce - Marine Lumber

Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) is famous for very high strength, thanks to its long, straight grain.  It is still widely used for building aircraft.  In boatbuilding it is most likely to be seen in spars of all kinds.  Sitka spruce...

from $59.00

Alaskan Yellow Cedar - Marine Lumber

Alaskan Yellow Cedar - Marine Lumber

Actually not a cedar;  this is Nootka cypress (callitropsis nootkatensis).  This wood is incredible. We have never seen a wood that has such nice creamy texture and tight grain.  We use it for light-colored accents in strip-planked...

from $34.80

Rail Stock - Marine Lumber

Rail Stock - Marine Lumber

If you're building a CLC boat (or any other boat) from plans, here are packages of ready-to-go rubrails, inwales, and so on.  These are intended to be both structural and varnish-grade for appearance. We have cut scarf joints in the...

from $59.00

Cypress Sheer Clamps and Stringer Material - Marine Lumber

Cypress Sheer Clamps and Stringer Material - Marine Lumber

If you're building a CLC boat (or any other boat) from plans, here are packages of ready-to-go sheer clamps, that can also be used for chine logs, and stringers. We have cut scarf joints in the material, ready to glue to length.  Packages...

from $59.00