At J. Gibson McIlvain Lumber, we specialize in supplying our discriminating customers with the premium lumber they need to accomplish great things. We don’t necessarily aim to be the least expensive option out there; instead, we try to be the best. After over two centuries of success, it seems our customers appreciate our quality-focused approach.
While our customer base spans many industries and jobs from small residential additions to large-scale business construction projects, some of the most particular requests we receive come from our boat-builder customers. The reason for their scruples is obvious, and we love to rise to the challenge they provide. In order to meet the needs of you boat builders out there, we offer two premium options when it comes to marine-grade plywood.
Our Bruynzeel line is the finest made panel there is. Our Okoume and Sapele marine panels allow for customized face veneers, providing customers with the opportunity to select options that make sense for their unique project needs and internal standards. Becuase Bruynzeel face veneers are 1.5mm, the same thickness as the inner plies, the result is always a high-quality, balanced panel that is significantly better made than any other panel out there. When you add in options like center-matching or other aesthetics, you end up with an eye-pleasing panel that’s as solid as it is attractive.
We start out with the stable core that’s absolutely necessary, offering a lightweight option of Okoume that comes in handy for seafaring vessels. For certain applications (such as flooring), the denser stain grade option of Sapele may be preferable, and we offer that, as well.
In addition to its lightweight quality, Okoume is an excellent species for marine panels because of its defect-free, homogenous surface. Often used for cabinetry, this species is quite soft (400 psi, according to the Janka scale), so it is not the best choice for surfaces such as flooring that will bear a load. Sapele, by contrast, is a much harder species (1510 Janka), and rotary cut Sapele includes no seams. This denser, harder species might not be the best choice to use throughout a vessel, but it is perfect for yacht flooring, and you can be assured that it will stand up to plenty of weight and abuse, with its BS1088 rating and Lloyds registration.
The modular design of the Bruynzeel plywood allows us to use a variety of species for the face veneers, permitting us to create quality marine grade plywood panels which will perfectly match the type of wood you are using in any room or area of the boat. If you need to match existing species or cuts or unique customer requests, we can do that. You won’t have to sacrifice on the end of quality or appearance with Bruynzeel, which is a huge selling point of this product.
Here at J. Gibson McIlvain, we’re well equipped to handle all your marine-grade plywood and other boat-building lumber needs.
J. Gibson McIlvain Company
Since 1798, when Hugh McIlvain established a lumber business near Philadelphia, the McIlvain family has been immersed in the premium import and domestic lumber industry. With its headquarters located just outside of Baltimore, the J. Gibson McIlvain Company (www.mcilvain.com) is one of the largest U.S. importers of exotic woods.
As an active supporter of sustainable lumber practices, the J. Gibson McIlvain Company has provided fine lumber for notable projects throughout the world, including the White House, Capitol building, Supreme Court, and the Smithsonian museums.
Contact a representative at J. Gibson McIlvain today by calling (800) 638-9100.
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