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Forum topic by brian88 posted 01-31-2011 09:45 PM 813 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2011 09:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: outdoor furniture picnic table

Hello, my son just came to me with a project that he needs to complete for advanced woods class. He needs to make an outdoor table and I am not sure what to suggest…there are all the obvious cedar,green treated,etc. Being a woodworker and he wanting to be one…I would like to do something more…ya know, not cookie cutter…I was considering mahogany with some african paduke accents or possibaly walnut…I was wondering what others you would suggest as far as withstanding our tough climate up here in Minnesota as well as finishing applications…Thanks

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 01:06 AM

What about IPE or Merante? Here’s a photo of the deck furniture in Merante. It is all mortice and tenon joinery. The tables are made to double as benches. They have 4/4 slats morticed into 5/4 frames. Very sturdy and durable.

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 02:10 AM

My deck (400 square feet) and all of my outdoor furniture is made of ipe. In my opinion, it is a great outdoor. It is very heavy and a little hard on tools but you will be very pleased with the results.

A second option is Iroko. I have some and I will try it soon.

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

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