Shower Seat Top

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Project by TheCaver posted 02-23-2008 05:13 AM 2061 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Third project was this shower seat top. The teak one we bought rotted (?!) in less than 3 months. I built a duplicate out of Western Cedar and it lasted twice as long but eventually cracked (it was too thin of stock).

I built this one after out of poplar as a backup which we are now using. I know, I know, poplar will rot no matter what the finish, but I am prepared to build yet another from some cypress I have acquired since.

Splines are sapele and its finished with Watco Danish Oil (for color) and Zissner Seal Coat (shellac).


-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#1 posted 02-23-2008 05:18 AM

Mahogany would work as well. Looks good.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-23-2008 05:43 AM

Great seat. I’ve got a cypress bench that I made and it’s been outside for 3 years so far.

That should hold up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 02-23-2008 06:25 AM

Great job. Teak would be another option because of it’s oily nature.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 02-23-2008 09:22 AM

Nice seat – the cypress should hold up well.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 02-23-2008 01:43 PM

Nice job. I agree that cypress should work well. Another wood to consider, one that I may do something with, is ipe. Grumpy may know something about it. I know it is an excellent choice for decks so it should work well in this type of application as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-23-2008 02:07 PM

Its lovely

I doubt it matters what kind of wood you use. Any wood subjected to wet then dry then wet then dry…...rots especially when joined where even the smallest amount of water can find its way in. It has to either stay wet, or stay dry.

All the same…........lovely seat

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 02-23-2008 03:38 PM

Nice job on the fabrication.
A freind of mine has two plastic lawn chairs in his steam room.
Not as pretty but they have been inservice for 5 years.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 02-25-2008 06:25 AM

One thing I’ve considered for a shower stool is manufactured decking material like Trex. I understand it cuts like wood, and it will last forever. Anyone worked with it for a project other than its intended purpose?

-- Dublin, OH

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