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Forum topic by RickRogers7 posted 04-25-2010 09:11 PM 1487 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2010 09:11 PM

Good news Lumberjocks. My mom in law wants me to build her an outdoor garden bench. She like it to be painted. (I know some of you may have mixed feelings on the paint part but it will be fun for me to build.) I was curious what other lumberjocks like to use for outdoor furniture that will be painted. Thanks for your input. Rick

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#1 posted 04-25-2010 09:26 PM

Here in Water World (aka Western WA) I have used cedar, but I would talk her in to a full bodied stain. I looks like paint but is better for outdoors and decks. The flat surfaces that get the wear is where the trouble begins. Paint traps moisture on flat surfaces and causes rot, so I have been told. The builders painted our deck, It didn’t last long :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-25-2010 10:17 PM

I’ve done all of my outdoor furniture (including a garden bench) with ipe. It is a little more expensive but not that bad. It is a little like teak but cheaper than teak. Whatever you build with ipe will last forever regardless of how you treat it. This is a very hard and heavy wood. You can paint it but, in my opinion, that would be a crying shame.

With ipe you have the option of not treating it at all. Without a treatment it will fade from brown to gray but it will virtually never deteriorate with respect to strength and integrity.

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

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#3 posted 04-25-2010 10:21 PM

all the gingerbread from the victorian houses in san francisco ,

were done in redwood ,

heartwood , it doesn’t rot ,
and takes paint like a champ !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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