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#1 posted 02-11-2013 11:08 AM

I have many years experience building outdoor furniture, but I am retired now. If you are trying to save money by veneering over pressure treated, Stop, & save till you can purchase a good quality wood. You will never regret it. After taking the time to build it would be heart breaking to see it fail later in time. There are wood species that hold up to the extremes of outdoor environments better than others. ie: Cedar, Cypress, Teak, Mahogany. Each has its own characteristics. Will your furniture be kept on a deck/patio or on the lawn? Coating the contact points as mentioned above is vital to the longevity.
All wood will eventually turn gray if untreated. I use to tell my customers to plan on recoating their furniture yearly if they want it to stay looking brand new. The outdoor environment is tough on any finish. I did many test samples through the years on clear finishes. I never found a water borne finish that I liked. Because I had painted designs on my furniture, I wanted a clear, non yellowing finish. What I got with waterborne was a clear finish but after it rained it would turn a milky white till it dried & it eventually peeled.
Don’t neglect the hardware you use. Make sure it is stainless steel. Good Luck

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