Cedar and Oak Paring in an outdoor bench

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Forum topic by ScrooLoose posted 03-15-2013 08:09 PM 1003 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2013 08:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oak cedar

Afternoon Lumberjocks!

I recently was gifted 6 huge cedar logs from my mother when she had to remove an old cedar tree from her from yard. Me and a buddy of mine have a portable mill and split these 6 logs into about 60 rough cut 1” planks, 8.5’ long and a minimum width of 8”, but most average 12-14” wide. We then had 4 pieces of cedar heartwood that were 3” to 3.5” thick, 99” long, and 12-14” wide. I decided to use one to make an outdoor bench for my wife’s garden sitting area. I have cured the plank in a vacuum kiln, and done the sanding, and am awaiting my finishing supplies to come in.

Where the rub comes in at is that my cousin was over and I was telling him (a carpenter) about my plans for this cedar top, but using some white oak I have for the base. He told me that was a phenomenally bad idea as the Oak would cause the Cedar to rot away. Have any of you more experienced gents (and gals) ever head of this? I was simply going by how great these contrasting wood types would look together.

(For those curious, I’ll attach a picture of the plank.)

-- K & K Woodworking

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#1 posted 03-15-2013 08:41 PM

White oak is an acceptable outdoor wood. I can’t imagine how its proximity to cedar would degrade either’s ability to withstand seasonal challenges.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 03-15-2013 09:12 PM

WO is considered weather resistant. Up North Oak for the dock cribbing and cedar for the deck. I use cedar outdoors and white oak indoors—I consider oak a timber of higher quality than cedar. Good luck. Steve, On Wisconsin

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#3 posted 03-16-2013 01:18 AM

A carpenter is not always a knowledgeable woodworker. Your plan is good. Don’t listen to your cousin.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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