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Al

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1248 days ago

I would like to build adirondack chairs but prefer not to paint them and keep a natural look. Living in Connecticut, can you suggest a few types of wood that wood season well and be low maintenance. Also, along with glue, I’d like to fasten them with screws but keep them exposed and not plug them. Could you advise on that issue also. Thanks, Al

-- Al Meriden, Connecticut


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CanadaJeff

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#1 posted 1248 days ago

I would suggest Cedar. Has a great look, is rot resistant (i.e. low maintenance)

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superstretch

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#2 posted 1248 days ago

From what I hear: white oak, spar varnish. As for hardware, coated decking screws.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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HerbC

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#3 posted 1248 days ago

Eastern Red Cedar, Eastern White Cedar. Cypress, White Oak

The cedars and cypress could be left unfinished and would weather nicely. Not sure about the white oak.

Stainless Steel hardware. Brass could be used, would tarnish but not rust like steel.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#4 posted 1248 days ago

I have used just regular ole pine..

And then used a good colored deck stain. We like a green color that is almost black.

Touch it up every couple of years

I’ve got stuff over 12 years old that looks as good as the day I made it (which may not be saying much).

One trick I did learn was to paint the bottom inch or so of the legs with rubber paint.

Really helps keep the leg bottoms in good shape.

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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peterrum

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#5 posted 1248 days ago

Nice tip C on the leg bottoms

-- Carpe Diem

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