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Forum topic by smboudreaux posted 06-15-2011 08:04 PM 600 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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smboudreaux

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06-15-2011 08:04 PM

I’m in the planning process of a morris or mission style chair build that i want to keep on my deck outside. I am thinking about using cypress because it is abundant here in south Louisiana and its weather resistant. From what i understand cypress tends to expand and contract quite a bit and is also a fairly soft wood. Would these characteristics of cypress cause issues in mortise and tenon joinery? If so, should i look at another wood or should i abandon the idea of mortise and tenon joinery?


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#1 posted 06-16-2011 05:26 PM

I just finished a project with cypress and M&T joints. I havent had any problems so far, and the mortises were much easier to hog out than in a hardwood. I also used acetone to clean the tenons prior to glue up to get rid of any oils that had built up. I have noticed a bit of expansion in high humidity lately but it hasnt moved too much.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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