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#1 posted 12-17-2012 12:21 AM

Red cedar heartwood is fairly rot resistant, but not the sapwood. Also, most cedar available nowadays is second growth, not old growth, and does not have the same durability. The old stuff is almost gone, but it is beautiful wood when you can find it. And I live in a part of the world (Pac N. W.) where it used to be abundant.
Oak, on the other hand, has a tendency to turn black with exposure to water. You’ll have to decide whether you prefer the gray of weathered cedar, or the black of oak. Teak is another worthy wood for outdoor furniture, though mighty expensive, and then there’s black locust, which is one of the most decay resistant woods of all.

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