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#1 posted 05-18-2016 11:42 PM

I used treated lumber. Let it dry some before you make the outdoor table. After it was pretty dry, the wife painted it with a redwood colored outdoor stain/paint. We recoated after about 8 years. And I noticed at that time that we did have some rot where the legs met the ground, but it wasn’t bad enough that I needed to replace any legs. I will assume that the amount of rot will vary with your annual rainfall.

I also made a few small wooden tables for around the big outdoor fire pit. Treated wood, with no paint or sealer. Looking rather ugly, but no deterioration at all. And two larger tables of treated wood that I topped with sheet aluminum. No sign of any weather related deterioration.

Today’s treated wood does not contain any arsenic compounds. Still…try not to chew on the tables.

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