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Forum topic by garywilson posted 06-10-2011 02:51 PM 889 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2011 02:51 PM

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I am new here and i want to buy some furniture for the garden but i does not have the knowledge that which wood be used for the chairs.So please suggest me which quality suitable for the garden furniture….thanks in advance for reply…... **
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#1 posted 06-10-2011 04:50 PM

You want something weather resistant and, IMO, the options fall into 2 categories. At the budget end you will find cedar and redwood. They are both reasonably priced and they both hold up reasonably well. While both are classified as hardwoods, they are both a relatively soft wood and very easy to work with.

For a little more money, I’m a big fan of ipé. It is very weather resistant. It will last a very long time. I have a 10 year old ipé deck that looks as good today as the day I built it. I also built all of my lawn furniture out of the same wood. I literally have lawn furniture that will last for the rest of my life. Be advised that ipé is a very dense, hard wood and it will dull your tools faster than virtually any other wood.

Another, even more expensive, option is teak. Teak can be very beautiful but it costs almost twice what ipé costs.

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

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#2 posted 06-10-2011 05:00 PM

Avoid buying furniture from the sites you mentioned. They sell off-shore junk and have questionable business practices (IMNSHO).

You are better off to make your own furniture using weather resistant woods and finishes.

Define the style chairs you desire.


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#3 posted 06-10-2011 11:02 PM

Actually Rich, both Cedar and Redwood are coniferous trees. Meaning they’re softwoods by classification….

Gary, most everything available today is mass produced overseas and is not meant to last but maybe a few seasons (5 at most, IMO). Unless you plan on spending the money for good quality stuff, be prepared to replace the furniture sometime in the near furniture. Do your homework to make sure that doesn’t happen unless you don’t mind replacing it. You might want to check around locally for a good craftsman that builds this stuff for a living, that would be a good start if you truly want quality.

-- Childress Woodworks

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