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Posted on appropriate wood for outdoor benches.

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 05:35 PM

Perhaps the best wood for outdoors is ipĂ©. May people who know about it use it for decking because it will virtually last forever. Treating it is optional. Without treatment it will turn gray (which some people like). With a preservative added ever 2 years it will retain it’s brown look. It will not rot, insects cannot infest it and it will not splinter. It is a little hard on your cutting tools, especially drill bits.

I have built my deck (400 square feet) and all of my outdoor furniture out of it.

It is similar to teak but about half the price.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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