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Forum topic by MrRon posted 12-15-2016 06:45 PM 658 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2016 06:45 PM

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I have one of those folding leg tables that are sold as conference tables, or as an extra table. The table is 8’ long x 30” wide and the frame and legs are steel. The current top is particle board which is now crumbling as it was left out in the rain. I want to salvage it by replacing the top with a weather resistant material. Other than stainless steel, I’m thinking about using MDO plywood as it is used for making highway signage, so it must be weather resistant; Right! Any ideas? I don’t want to go to exotic woods (too expensive) like teak or Ipe. I want a material that is weather resistant and doesn’t require periodic painting or preservation. Normally, the table will be kept out of direct exposure to the weather.
If I go with MDO, what would be a good way to seal the plywood edge?

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#1 posted 12-15-2016 07:05 PM

If you wanted to go with solid wood, white oak or cedar hold up outdoors. No experience with MDO so can’t really help you there.

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

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#2 posted 12-15-2016 10:37 PM

Not wood but Azek decking or similar can often be found cheap for damaged pieces or a if a few pieces that don’t match the next batch they get in color wise. No painting, no sealing, 30 year warranty, if you are wanting a do nothing table top in regards to routine maintenance up keep.

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#3 posted 12-16-2016 01:28 AM

Fencing cedar can be made very beautiful and is very durable, reasonably priced and by using under bracing can be made plenty study too. I would consider that as a choice.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 12-17-2016 09:10 PM

Thank you for the tips.

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#5 posted 12-17-2016 10:17 PM

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