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SteveO

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2403 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bench legs outdoor

I’ve just put in a composite deck behind my shop and would like to use the leftover pieces to make some benches for along the sides. I know that composites aren’t very strong structurally, so I’m looking for something solid for the legs. The reason I went with a composite deck is that I want zero maintenance, and I feel the same way about these benches. I’ll save my finishing time for more interesting projects.

Does anyone have any ideas on what I could use, and where I might find it?

Thanks,
Steve

-- Steve, Boulder, Colorado


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#1 posted 2403 days ago

Cinder blocks are pretty low maintenance.

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#2 posted 2403 days ago

I’d make the legs from cedar or redwood if they’ll be seen, or from pressure-treated pine if they’re hidden. Cedar would be my first choice because it’s lighter and cheaper. Heart redwood lasts a long time though, so it might be worth the extra cost. My dad has a painted redwood fence with many boards that are 50 years old. It’s painted, though. You could also layer several pieces of the composite together.

You do know, don’t you, that even a composite deck isn’t maintenance free? Fortunately, all you’ll have to do is pressure-wash it every few years to get rid of the mildew.

p.s. Great name!

-- Steve B - New Life Home Improvement

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