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  1. #1
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    Wood Rails

    [IMG][/IMG]Wanted to thank walkerhoundvm for the nice job on my rails. They look great and were packaged well. Couldn't be happier ! Thanks!
    Last edited by Rotag4891; 09-17-2012 at 09:32 AM. Reason: Added pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rotag4891 View Post
    Wanted to thank walkerhoundvm for the nice job on my rails.
    Oh, is walkerhoundvm making or refurbishing wood side rails?
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    Making. Lots of folks have been commenting on how nice they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbysjeep View Post
    Making. Lots of folks have been commenting on how nice they are.
    Black ring painted and clear sealed?

    Attachment blocks and shims?

    Red oak or White oak?

    Torx screws and bolt hardware?

    How much?

    He's pretty close by too.
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    Yes
    Yes
    White
    No
    220

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rotag4891 View Post
    Yes
    Yes
    White
    No
    220
    Excellent
    Perfect (for both roll-bar styles?)
    Excellent choice/upgrade (vs. OEM Red Oak -I think?)
    Bummer
    Nice price
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    Got a source for torx bolts and screws?

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    I thought the ring was brown painted instead of black ?
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    I don't have a source for the torx screws, but I think the rear bolts would be easy to acquire.

    The ring is brown, and not black. I painted my wood rails a long time ago, so I had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder, JJ!

    How about information on my other query; were the stocker boards Red or White oak? FWIW, White oak is more resistant to rot than Red oak, so that's what I'd use for replacement boards. Oh, and If I were building a "Red Mistress" customized Scrambler, I'd use a deep, rich Mahogany wood with a black ring.
    Last edited by MarknessMonster; 09-13-2012 at 01:18 PM.
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    I am not sure about the wood as I am not a woodworking guy but here is a close up of a set of NOS boards I have dated 1982, type 1. They look very blonde to me so I assume they are white oak ??

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    It can be very hard to distinguish red oak from white oak - it's not the color so much as it is differences in density and grain. I've had lumber supply companies try to pass off red oak for white; it's possible they don't know the difference or they have high school kids doing the sorting. The easiest way to tell is to see the tree it was cut from, I grew up in the northeast deer hunting and we all knew the deer preferred white oak over red oak acorns, so learned real quick the difference in the leaves:

    white:



    red:



    The stock boards were white oak - you're right MM, it's more resistant and that's why it was used. Red oak is used more for interior work. With proper sealing and maintenance, you can have good results with both. White is typically harder to work with because of its density, but good results last a long time.

    I thought about using a mahogany or teak when I had my first pair built, but the cost was outrageous and, once stained, I don't think there's that much of an advantage other than bragging rights.

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    lets see a pic of how they look on your jeep

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