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Forum topic by tealetm posted 10-25-2016 05:33 PM 668 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2016 05:33 PM

I’ve stumbled upon about 100bdft of used mahogany decking for dirt cheap. The boards are in excellent shape and are 5/4×5 1/4” in various lengths. Boards were pulled up from a 6 year old deck. After a light run through the planer, they look like new with the exception of the old nail holes.

My only idea for the boards so far is adirondack chairs, however I’m a little worried about splinters as my experience with wood like this is that it can splinter and nobody wants that in a pair of shorts on a hot summer day.

Am I overthinking the splintering? Any other ideas for the wood?

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#1 posted 10-26-2016 04:54 AM

Are the splinters on the edges only, or on the face? If only the edges, then a router with a roundover or chamfer bit + sanding should solve that. If the faces are splintery, then you are probably up against some wild grain. It may be possible weathering has affected the cross-grain strength more than skin-deep. Plane a board more and check if that solves the problem. A penetrating outdoor finish will likely “glue down” any loose fibers, which will probably stop splinters. If you have some penetrating finish on hand, apply some to a sample and see if that does it.

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 05:43 AM

I like your idea of reusing it for outdoor furniture. If you keep the chairs oiled yearly i doubt you would see any splintering.

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