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Forum topic by Ray posted 06-12-2016 03:51 AM 474 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2016 03:51 AM

I have been tasked with making a few rectangular planters that will sit on the deck. If I remember correctly, the last time I worked with Cedar, it quickly dulled every tool I used. Someone indicated that Cedar is full of something akin to minerals. Any alternative wood that will hold up in the outside environment?

I am open to any advice.


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#1 posted 06-12-2016 04:06 AM



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#2 posted 06-12-2016 04:11 AM

5/4 PT

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#3 posted 06-12-2016 04:22 AM

I use those cheap dog ear PT fence boards then place an inexpensive plastic pot inside and place soil and plants in that.

I built two benches like that with 5/4 deck boards for the seats with planters on the end. Everyone loves them.

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#4 posted 06-12-2016 04:53 AM

For planters I use redwood fence boards. The rough look is kinda cool for outdoor things, and the boards are dirt cheap. You can seal it to get more life out of it

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#5 posted 06-12-2016 10:32 AM

Black locust if you can find it. Will outlast PT and redwood.

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#6 posted 06-12-2016 11:49 AM

Depends on what look the customer wants. You could do P.T. frames covered with Trex type decking for a look that won’t age at all. The aromatic cedar dulls blades, don’t know about all cedar. Add a couple of blades to your estimate.

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#7 posted 06-12-2016 12:52 PM

Western red cedar would be my first choice. It doesn’t contain the silicates that aromatic (Eastern) cedar frequently does. As others have suggested, redwood is a good choice, too, if it is available in your area.

For something heavier and stronger, ipe, black locust or osage orange would be the top of the heap, though all can dull cutters pretty quickly—black locust because of silicates the other two because of density. White oak would be another possibility.

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#9 posted 06-12-2016 03:11 PM

Mahogany, white oak, teak, lyptus…

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#10 posted 06-12-2016 03:23 PM

Ipe holds up well outdoors.

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