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02-10-2013 02:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: furniture project veneer epoxy weather resistant

I’m in the planning stage of making some outdoor furniture for the wife, she wants a sectional. To save cost i want to build it out of pressure treated lumber and use a teak or other weather resistant veneer. I would use epoxy instead of regular wood glue for adherence. Am i underestimating the ability to use veneer on exterior furniture and what other consideration should i make or problems do you see with this plan. Thanks for any advice i am kinda new to woodworking although i have general handyman experience.

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#1 posted 02-10-2013 03:00 AM

Pressure treated wood is normaly pretty wet from the process of treating it. I don’t believe it would be suitable for veneering. In addition, most pressure treated lumber that I have worked with tended to have some bowing and twisting over longer lengths. If your kinda new to woodworking I would suggest you use cedar or some other weather resistant wood such as cypress. I think it will save you a lot of frustration and can yield better results. I suggest you brouse the projects for outdoor furniture and you find some very attractive pieces made out of cedar.

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#2 posted 02-10-2013 03:26 AM

thanks! i was kinda thinking i should save my self the headache of veneering, and use cedar. so i’m sold cedar it is

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#3 posted 02-11-2013 02:37 AM

Use an expoxy as a water barrier on the last couple of inches of the feet and underneath them that may contact the ground. The feet are usually exposed to prolonged periods of moisture and are the most likely place for rot over time . I read this tip on an Adriondack build in a mag.

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 07:22 AM

When planning your project, make sure to buy wood which is treated for the outdoors. It is also a good idea to consider using a good outdoor sealant to help protect your hard work from the rain, sun, wind, and snow. Your outdoor furniture plans should include recommendations for the proper type of wood, and for sealing the finished furniture.

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#5 posted 02-11-2013 11:08 AM

I have many years experience building outdoor furniture, but I am retired now. If you are trying to save money by veneering over pressure treated, Stop, & save till you can purchase a good quality wood. You will never regret it. After taking the time to build it would be heart breaking to see it fail later in time. There are wood species that hold up to the extremes of outdoor environments better than others. ie: Cedar, Cypress, Teak, Mahogany. Each has its own characteristics. Will your furniture be kept on a deck/patio or on the lawn? Coating the contact points as mentioned above is vital to the longevity.
All wood will eventually turn gray if untreated. I use to tell my customers to plan on recoating their furniture yearly if they want it to stay looking brand new. The outdoor environment is tough on any finish. I did many test samples through the years on clear finishes. I never found a water borne finish that I liked. Because I had painted designs on my furniture, I wanted a clear, non yellowing finish. What I got with waterborne was a clear finish but after it rained it would turn a milky white till it dried & it eventually peeled.
Don’t neglect the hardware you use. Make sure it is stainless steel. Good Luck

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 11:03 PM

thanks alll for the advice i cant wait to get started on this after i finish the wife’s custom closet

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