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03-27-2008 04:33 PM

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Being really new to woodworking, Iwant to build the rocker in the recent issue of WOOD MAGAZINE. I would like suggestions on types of wood to use. The rocker will be on the front porch which is not enclosed so will be exposed to some weather. The article uses oak. What other wood could I use that is durable? We are retired so ththe rocker will get lots of use.

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#1 posted 03-27-2008 04:39 PM

Cypress, Mahogany, White Oak or Teak. The key is to seal it all and keep it sealed. Most stains are not suitable for outside use. If you use a clear coat, use several coats of a spar varnish with UV protection.

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#2 posted 03-27-2008 06:08 PM

Just a note. If you decide to go with oak make sure it is white oak. Red oak will not hold up to the elements the way white oak does.

Varnish will keep it looking good for a time but unless you are prepared to re-do often (at least annually) you may be better off to let it age to a natural silvery gray. The fresh wood look can be maintained but it is a lot of work.

Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 03-27-2008 06:13 PM

I agree with trifern, except I would skip the white oak. I just don’t care for light colored woods in a chair.

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