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Forum topic by myxology posted 09-14-2016 05:14 PM 455 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2016 05:14 PM

Ok, so I tried to make this table out of Doug Fir 2×10s and it is a cupping failure. I’m going to try again, but this time I am going to go with a different type of wood. Where I live redwood is very popular (I’m in Northern California) but I’m not sure it’s what I want to go with. If YOU were building this table and knew it was going to be used outdoors, what species would you use to build it? I plan on sealing it, but not necessarily staining it, though I’m open to the idea. Thoughts?

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 05:29 PM

Well, you’ve got redwood, teak, cypress, white oak, sapele, mahogany, and even pressure treated. Never used redwood so I’m not sure of your hesitation, but if that’s available in your area and reasonable in price try it out. We try and succeed but many times we try and learn….

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#2 posted 09-14-2016 05:29 PM

WRC western red cedar.Thats what I would use.
The redwood I see down here in So Cal is very poor lots of sap wood.
If you can find redwood that’s mostly heart that’s good.
Unless your going to paint it don’t use DF.


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#3 posted 09-14-2016 06:14 PM

no matter what you “seal it with”, be careful, exterior finishes are an issue, i have a video coming out next week, about it . Will post it here

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#4 posted 09-14-2016 06:24 PM

Cedar or White Oak would be my call over here on the East Coast.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 09-14-2016 06:39 PM

Most any wood can cup if not seasoned, jointed, joined and assembled correctly. Did you do it right? Selecting straight boards is obviously a must.

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#6 posted 09-15-2016 01:26 PM

Ok, so I’ve selected Western Red Cedar. They have it at my local store. I can’t afford the really pretty stuff, but the one I can afford does have some nice straight boards and it’s all kiln dried so hopefully they won’t change too much more. I intend to buy them this weekend and let them season in my shop for at least a week before I work with them. I’m hoping that’s enough time.

As for how I’m going to joint and join them… I intend to joint two short sides and one wide side on my jointer and then run them through the thickness planer to get them all to the same size. Thankfully I have an 8” jointer! Then I was going to biscuit and glue it together. Even though I’ve never done it, I intend to do breadboard ends.

I’m curious though… I’ve seen some people use a router and put a V groove along the long joints in the table top. Would you do that? I hadn’t really planned on it.

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#7 posted 09-15-2016 08:00 PM

V groove would just be a crumb catcher.
If you’re dead set on it, put a chamfer on the boards before you glue them up with a table router.

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