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There is an EXCELLENT video which deals exactly with this, in detail, from beginning to end. Andy Dear from Lamar Reel Seats. He also has some AWESOME stabilized wood turning blanks in exotic finishes & burls. He has a site, which you can find on the right sode of the .org site.

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Ya know I have!

No special problems really and all you need is skeleton hardware. You can make your own by cutting a standard seat apart on the lathe, or just buy it as a skeleton to begin with. Many manufacturers make them.

Fuji, Venneri, REC, Amtak and many others. Powell used to as well, but I'm not sure about that any more.

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I haven't used any wood inserts, but I did pick up a sweet piece from Andy in Charlotte. I wouldn't use anything other than Stabilized wood in teh SW though, as from what I understand the non-stabilized wood will swell & shrink when wet, when temps chang, etc. I don't know this for sure though, as I haven't used any.

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You definitely want stabilized wood for inserts, especially if you are going to be fising where you will be wet all the time... Like the surf. Stabilizing the wood keeps it very stable in dimension. You still have a bit of expansion and contraction due to temp, but the absorption of water is not a problem (for the most part). Water can be drawn into the pores of the wood, but will evaporate out.

So, let's see the wood Billy!!

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