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10-19-2016 12:26 AM

Which wood to choose? I’m turning a bay in our bathroom into a giant shower. The bay has a window and I’d like to build a long, narrow box that will have lucky bamboo growing in it to provide some visual screen. Lucky bamboo (really a dracaena sp) can be grown in water and given that the window is in a shower, I thought that would be a natural medium.

I’m looking for a combo of durability and aesthetic.

Teak? Cypress? Ipe?

Let the discussion begin.


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#1 posted 10-19-2016 12:49 AM

I am thinking white oak. They were used in ships and such. I have some oak soap holders with no finish on it in the shower. They are over 4 years old and I just wash them clean as needed.

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#2 posted 10-19-2016 01:13 AM

Cypress would be fine as well. Soft though.

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#3 posted 10-19-2016 03:49 AM

Whiskey barrel were oak. They held liquids.
Cedar , make sure no nails exposed, they go black !

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#4 posted 10-19-2016 04:06 AM

White oak.

Teak or ipe would also be fine. The problem with cypress is that it’s harder to get only heartwood these days. When I recently shopped for deck wood, a cypress dealer steered me toward red cedar for my boat because the stuff he was getting was new growth and not really rot resistant.

There are other woods that are usable. In a shower you might want to consider resistance to mold and mildew.

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#5 posted 10-19-2016 05:49 AM

Choose your wood for aesthetic qualities and put two coats of S1Sealer on it.
https://www.systemthree.com/products/s-1-clear-penetrating-epoxy-sealer.

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#6 posted 10-19-2016 06:11 AM

Downside of using a sealer is like painting a deck, once you do it you’ll have to redo it every year forever.

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#7 posted 10-19-2016 06:25 AM

White oak is used in wet cooperage. Red oak leaks. IPE is too hard to easily form a stave

No sealant needed as once the wood swells from the liquid you have a tight seal, another reason ipe isn’t the way to go.

M

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#8 posted 10-19-2016 07:29 AM

There is a woodworking joint, can’t remember the name of it but I have it in my books if I can find it, where you compress a groove in the edge with a piece of steel or screwdriver. Hand plane down to the groove. Then when water seeps in it will swell the compressed wood and make a watertight seal. I don’t know if that is really necessary since it’s a planter in a shower but might be fun to try it.

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#9 posted 10-19-2016 11:37 AM

Not for nothing, but if you plan on pulling a permit, most towns require a shower window to be 72” high for new construction. If inspected you may want to have some money to pay off the inspector.

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#10 posted 10-19-2016 12:46 PM

The wood I would choose is PVC.

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#11 posted 10-19-2016 03:29 PM



Not for nothing, but if you plan on pulling a permit, most towns require a shower window to be 72” high for new construction. If inspected you may want to have some money to pay off the inspector.

- mike02130

I suspect something is lost in translation. Previous there was a tub with surround there so the window passed original inspection. My reading is the glass needs to be safety glass.

It’s a moot point anyway, the shower is going in. ;)

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#12 posted 10-19-2016 03:31 PM



Choose your wood for aesthetic qualities and put two coats of S1Sealer on it.
https://www.systemthree.com/products/s-1-clear-penetrating-epoxy-sealer.

- shipwright

Would you have to reseal this regularly? I don’t think I want to do that, not to mention the plants wouldn’t be happy about it either.

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#13 posted 10-19-2016 03:38 PM



Downside of using a sealer is like painting a deck, once you do it you ll have to redo it every year forever.

- Rick M.


S1 is no ordinary sealer. As long as it is protected from ultraviolet, it will last pretty much forever. I have used it a lot in boats and can vouch for it.

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#14 posted 10-19-2016 03:41 PM



White oak is used in wet cooperage. Red oak leaks. IPE is too hard to easily form a stave

No sealant needed as once the wood swells from the liquid you have a tight seal, another reason ipe isn t the way to go.

M

- MadMark

If the area will get wet and never dry, then OK a swelling action will work fine but a properly sealed surface will work better when a wet /dry cycle Is normal. Also there will not be the discolouration, mildew, etc. that you can get with bare wood.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#15 posted 10-23-2016 12:29 AM

I’m going to say what I said before – PVC. You can put a veneer of wood on the face and top edge if you want that look – that way it would be easily replaceable when it fails.

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