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Forum topic by DrSawdust posted 12-29-2012 12:17 AM 926 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2012 12:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question sitting bench

I have a good friend that has asked me to make a sitting bench to place at his father’s grave site. His dad passed away just over a year ago and while talking to him about it this afternoon he asked if I could help him out. I am really excited to make the bench. However, I don’t know what type of wood I should use. The bench will be exposed to the Texas weather 24×7. Please share with me any suggestions you might have.


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#1 posted 12-29-2012 12:19 AM

You might consider Ipe.

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#2 posted 12-29-2012 12:39 AM

composite lumber could be a choice too.

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 12:40 AM

Ipe is terrific. It’s practically indestructible, but it’s expensive. As a less expensive alternative, I would look at Cypress. There are some grown and milled here in Central Texas and it will withstand a great deal of weather, like Cedar but stronger. I am planning to do much of the same thing for a friend to put by his son’s grave and I happened to get quite a bit of Mesquite for free. I know that it will grey and not be the pretty red that it can be, but it will last a long time.

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#4 posted 12-29-2012 03:17 AM

You might think about cypress if you’re looking for a lighter color.

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#5 posted 12-29-2012 03:19 AM

You may want to consider concrete so it doesn’t walk away.

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#6 posted 12-29-2012 03:55 PM

Thanks guys. This is exactly what I needed. I think I am going to look into Cypress. I’ll post some pictures as the project develops.

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