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Forum topic by DANCHAMBO posted 05-19-2012 04:04 PM 1086 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2012 04:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: screen frame outdoor

The Boss has tasked me with replacing the screens on our front porch. The last frames were made out of untreated, painted 1 X 2 pine. They only lasted a season before warping. I was wondering if someone could suggest a wood that would remain stable. The frames are 8 foot tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.


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#1 posted 05-20-2012 01:00 AM

Ipe. Tough as nails, typically a deck material, but suitable for virtually any outdoor application. Usually about $5.00 a board foot, but well worth it. A lot of times Ipe comes as dimension lumber so it is easy to calculate your project needs. In my opinion, if you put as much time into any given project as I have or usually do, the price of the lumber becomes a non-factor if the right lumber makes the difference in said project. Ipe can also be tough on tools, but can be machined with the proper setups and higher end bits, blades, etc. The dust you make with Ipe can also be anything from an irritant to downright allergic reaction. Depends on the individual. Ipe doesn’t bother me, but I don’t dwell in the dust either.

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