I’m turning to the Forum’s collective wisdom – which is much greater than I can hope to understand …
My wife has asked me to build an outdoor bench, and I’m thrilled by the prospect. I’ve downloaded detailed plans which could result in a heirloom piece, if I build it properly.
The wood choice confronts me: Sipo, Teak, White Oak, Jatoba; and not pressure treated. I’ve looked at other species, but these are the ones which appear common. The Teak is outrageously expensive ($22/bft); the Jatoba appears to eat machinery; I cannot find the Sipo (near Baltimore/DC) – though I’ve seen 5 different authors videos whom have used it. The White Oak appears to be a cost-effective; structurally-effective solution.
Has anyone in the group built an outdoor bench with White Oak; and if so, what is your experience, and what type of Finish did you use? I’ll use a PC7 or similar glue; as I will need more working time than TBIII offers – I’m not very good at sequencing glue-up; and this single project has more M&T joints than I’ve done in my life time – fortunately, I use a Festool Domino (Sipo dominos) for this project.
Thank you, in advance, for considering this and offering your advice.
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