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Forum topic by juicegoose posted 01-10-2011 04:52 PM 1160 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2011 04:52 PM

The wife and I cook outdoors at least a couple times a week. We have always talked about how nice it would be to have a little sink outdoors to clean pans quick and also use for outdoor gardening. Well the porject gods blessed me with a nice little sink from the habitat store. My plan is to make a simple open structure around the sink with some wings on either side. Maybe a shelf under te sink for items but mainly leaving it wide open.

What would you guys think would bea good wood for this item
It would likely be exposed to water from being outdoors although the plan is to keep it on the porch.

I know teak would be great but the expense is a little much. Could I use something like oak and just put a good seal coat on it or what?

Also how would you guys recomend I mount the sink. Naturally I don’t think plywood would work very well or look good either. I had thought of something like laminate countertops but the substrate is junk and even gluing it to wood wouldn’t work well.

Any design Ideas or considerations I should take into consideration would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 07:11 PM

White oak would be all right. That would probably be the least expensive option.


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#2 posted 01-10-2011 07:31 PM

I agree white oak

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#3 posted 01-10-2011 07:43 PM

White oak again. The reason for white oak is the same reason it is used in boats. The grain has a membrane in it that makes it almost water proof – one of the reasons that lumber mills don’t like it, its a pain to dry. It is hard, durable, and strong. If you put a good finish on it, it will look really good.

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 08:10 PM

great thanks guys.

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 10:09 PM

Actually the least expensive would be a cedar or redwood. White oak is really good, but not as cheap as the other two, which could be bought at your local hardware store. At least that’s how it is around here…

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#6 posted 01-10-2011 11:27 PM

Thanks for the replies. I was wanting to get away from buying cheap lumber and just throwing something together but at the same time not dropping for teak. It seems that oak will give me some experience with hardwoods and at the same time not break the bank.

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