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02-04-2017 03:31 AM

Good evening everyone. Just wondering if anyone might offer some opinions on their recommendations for the best wood to use for an outdoor bench. I’ve made several and have been using treated deck boards and treated 2×4’s as they are the most durable ( I live in Michigan so weather extremes are an issue ). The problem is I feel these benches are just too heavy and clunky feeling when completed. Anyone have thoughts on a better option? These completed benches are typically 3 – 4 feet wide and about 4 feet tall. I don’t like these to be painted but staining and treating are ok. Thanks for any input.

-- JCP7, Michigan


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#1 posted 02-04-2017 03:56 AM

big box stores often carry cedar deck boards. If treated they seem to last okay. Very light, like pine.

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#2 posted 02-04-2017 04:16 AM

Ipe. Weighs a ton, can’t be nailed, gotta be drilled – and TAPPED! Lasts forever if not in direct contact with ground.

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#3 posted 02-04-2017 05:30 AM

Black locust, if you can find it. Known for its decay resistance. Can’t say how it fares in weather extremes, though, as I have used it only indoors. I’m talking about weathering, not durability.

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#4 posted 02-04-2017 01:46 PM

Teak; very expensive.

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#5 posted 02-04-2017 02:34 PM

Bald Cypress is a good wood for outdoor projects. Might not be easy to find way up north.

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#6 posted 02-04-2017 03:32 PM

+1 Teak.

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#7 posted 02-04-2017 03:58 PM

All the above are good choices, redwood is another one.

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#8 posted 02-04-2017 05:17 PM

Norm built a few from Cypress, I think it was some of the recovered sunken variety, again pretty pricey stuff. Depending on your budget and design maybe a PT substructure with the cedar surfaces?

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