|Forum topic by Craftsman on the lake||posted 03-20-2012 11:24 PM||2266 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
03-20-2012 11:24 PM
I need to replace the raft. I live at the lake and our raft is end of life. (Hence the name Crafstman on the Lake) I’m going to build a new one, got the plastic barrels, etc.
Here in Maine we have high access to pressure treated lumber. Our rafts and decks survive forever even without treating them each year. I have a 30 year old pressure treated deck on top of our boathouse down by the water that is never treated, I just pressure wash it each year and it’s like the day I put it on.
The question: In roaming Lowes the other day I saw some very nice deck boards of cedar. A little more expensive but the color and grain looked much nicer than the southern yellow pine stained green by the pressure treated stuff. If I put the deck boards of cedar instead of the other stuff will I have successful longevity of maybe 5-7 years? I’ve never used cedar before outside. The raft will be out of the water and will only get wet with rain or raft play. I probably will never get around to treating it at all. Sort of like getting around to waxing the car. Not gonna happen. It will also be beached and exposed during the winter.
Thanks in advance to those experienced with cedar.
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.