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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. finescale.com

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  • 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, 2015 at 11:15
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Douglas fir with Oregon pine borders. Teak was only used on battleships and cruisers As even with the supply chain active there wasn't enough Teak.

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