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Forum topic by zindel posted 03-15-2012 03:33 PM 1002 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2012 03:33 PM

Can anyone tell me if american cherry would work well for outside furniture? I am sure i would have to seal it, so what type of seal would you use?

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#1 posted 03-15-2012 04:25 PM

I think you would do better to use white oak, or one of the cedar varieties. They are more rot resistant.

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 01:46 AM

The heartwood of black cherry is above average in rot resistance. The sapwood is not rot resistant at all. I think that it would do better than most woods if it is all heartwood. Probably not quite as good as white oak, but better than most other woods.

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 01:59 AM

Personally, I would not use it for outdoor projects…..I’d probably save it for indoor furniture…Even if you sealed it really good, over time it will break down…..I would use cedar or redwood instead for outdoors. You won’t have near the problems if you use that instead of the cherry, or even any of the oak varities….You could use teak, but that’s very expensive wood…...

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