Mac tim­ber

The Shed - - Vehicle Restoratio­n -

Max uses macro­carpa a lot in his build­ing work — it’s a wood that he’s very fa­mil­iar with.

For the bus, macro­carpa tim­ber was used for the fram­ing, sides, and roof. The mac bear­ers on the bus are shaped to be the same as the orig­i­nal and the frame was bolted and screwed to­gether. The wood­work was then sealed and painted black in keep­ing with the orig­i­nal buses.

“Mac is an easy wood to work with,” he says. “We use it a lot mak­ing fur­ni­ture and boats. Oiled prop­erly, it’s very un­der­rated for han­dling the weather. It stands the sun and rain OK and doesn’t need treat­ing.

“The more I use it, the more I like it, and it’s very easy on tools.”

It be­gan when Brian Tegg … found a re­stored 1921 Model T Ford trans­port truck for sale in Auck­land

Max seals the ver­sa­tile mac tim­ber with his own blend of Dan­ish oil.

He makes it up from one-third boiled lin­seed oil, one-third turps, and one-third Bon­dall Mono­cel clear tim­ber var­nish.

This mix­ture soaks well into the wood and may re­quire up to seven coats.

Lining up for the bus in the 1920s

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