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Forum topic by TDW posted 06-27-2011 07:25 PM 2561 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2011 07:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pergola cedar outdoor project

My wife wants me to build her a pergola. Can anyone tell me the best wood for my area which is humid and hot in the summers, I live in Kentucky. I was thinking of cedar but how do I treat the cedar? Any ideas would be appreciated.


-- Tom, Ky.,

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 07:35 PM

I live in Kentucky.
I use Eastern Red Cedar for outdoor projects.
One finish for cedar that I like is Sikkens Cetol.

-- 温故知新

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#2 posted 06-27-2011 07:57 PM

Western Red Cedar is the wood of choice in my neck of the woods (Oklahoma). There are many clear and tinted sealers out there to choose from. I’ve used “Behr” and “Superdeck” sealers with good results.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#3 posted 06-27-2011 08:57 PM

If you like a “light” color to the wood try cypress. Excellent outdoor wood.

Norton, MA

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 09:41 PM

In my opinion, the very best wood for withstanding weather is ipé. My deck and all my outdoor furniture is ipé. It is all over 10 years old and it shows no signs of weathering. It will last longer than I will.

It is heavy, dense and hard. Yes, it is hard on tools, but they can be re-sharpened.

Using a protective finish is optional. It will last with or without a protective finish. The difference is that without a protective finish, it will go gray (which I like).

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

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#5 posted 06-27-2011 09:52 PM

Redwood has always been considered one of the top wood choices for outdoor use. Its probably harder to find new but maybe worth a try.

I got lucky and knew a guy who was tearing down a huge Redwood deck at his house. I grabbed all the lumber and reclaimed it. Very nice lumber.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 06-28-2011 02:39 AM

Red Cedar or, if cost is no issue, of course there’s always Teak. Either will finish well with Cetol and both will weather beautifully silver grey if left alone.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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