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?


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.



  • Using Douglas fir, which is less dense than teak, would also have a positive effect on ship stability (CG would be lowered slightly lower due to less weight high on the ship). May 12 '15 at 11:15

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