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Forum topic by chrisstef posted 02-21-2011 01:44 AM 961 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2011 01:44 AM

Im thinking about building a bench for the breezeway to sit and tie your shoes on and what not. IM planning on having the seat on hinges for extra storage and a boot / shoe rack underneath. There is no heat in the breezeway and the tempature is basically the same as it is outside.

My questions being is there a particular wood that i should use that will hold up well with tempature changes, humidity, and a bit of water from time to time? Id like to keep it to around $100 for materials if possible.

I plan on using mortise and tenon joinery for the apron and a glue up for the seats considering they will be about 21” wide.

I was thinking about the following: ash, cypress, sycamore.

Look forward to your suggestions. Thanks gang.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk


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#1 posted 02-21-2011 02:15 AM

what about cedar wood its used on boats and holds up well.

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 03:07 AM

I gave cedar a thought but its a bit too red for the room its going to be in … the walls area pale yellow and the ceiling is a very pale blue. Ill run it by the designer … “wont build without blessing” ... wife always wins.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 04:24 PM

Ive been doing some research and i think i will be using cypress for this project. From what i gather its a pretty stable wood so the glue joint for he seat should hold up to the weather changes in the room. It also does pretty well with not retaining water which may come from wet shoes.

So the new question is how to finish it … i read that the oils in the wood make it kind of difficult to finish. Id like to darken it up a little bit … any advise out there?

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 06:05 PM

Of the wood list above, I’d also go with cypress.

All sorts of finishing options:

1. lay down a good gel stain in the color you want, then topcoat with an outdoor type finish (several applications) to handle the water.
2. tint some dewaxed shellac and put a couple of coats of that on, then use several coats of an outdoor type finish.
3. I’m sure you’ll get plenty of suggestions, so read through those.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 06:09 PM

Thanks Jonathan … ive never worked with a gel stain or dyed shellac for that matter but im always looking to expand my capabilities … i look forward to giving it a shot.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#6 posted 02-21-2011 06:22 PM

Gel stains are super-easy to use. Just make sure to use a decent one, such as General Finishes, etc. They’re not foolproof, but close. Make sure to get it all throughly wiped off on edges, in corners, etc.

If you go the shellac route, don’t put too much on at once. If you get runs, or too heavy of a buildup, use denatured alcohol. If you go this route, you could also dye/tint the first layer or two of your topcoat, then use clear/untinted/undyed on the final layer or two of the topcoat, rather than coloring the shellac.

Again, there are tons of ways to tackle this one.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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