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Forum topic by greg posted 08-09-2010 11:25 PM 1255 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2010 11:25 PM

i was wondering if cherry wood is ok for outdoor projects and if it also has good strength

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 11:36 PM

Cherry isnt a common outdoor wood, redwood, cypress, ipe, and cedar are both naturally insect and rot resistant and are more popular for outdoor use. But if you were to finish the cherry properly it could be used for outside, I have seen some BBQ carts made out of maple and walnut finished with spar urathane that are holding up nice.

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 03:22 AM

Cherry for outdoors – - NO!.

My absolute favorite for outdoor is ipé. I’ve done all my outdoor furniture in ipé and I think the wood is great. In addition to the woods Dave mentioned, teak and white oak are also options.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 04:25 AM

Locust is also a good choice for outdoor wood. Can be tough on the tools though. Cherry probably not.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 06:14 AM

I would think that most any tropical hardwood would be great for outdoor projects plus the usual Cypress, Cedar & Oak.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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