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I know that both Japan and the United States used wooden decks on their WWII Aircraft Carriers. Was there a specific, "ideal" standard type of wood that was utilized by either country? If so, what kind of wood was deemed the best for the job?

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Turns out it was teak wood.

Teak was the preferred would and the red brown color wouldn't be a mahogony stain, but the natural color. As teak is sourced from the Thai/Burma area, Dec. 7th ended the supply chain. Douglas-Fir was substituted on the newer carriers in WWII, and that would have to have been stained and subsequently painted.

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/7/t/132172.aspx

Andrew

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