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Forum topic by drpdrp posted 04-06-2013 09:56 AM 861 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2013 09:56 AM

Okay so Teak and Redwood… duh.

What else?

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#1 posted 04-06-2013 01:51 PM

Ipe, cedar, black locust,Osage orange.

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#2 posted 04-06-2013 01:53 PM

White Oak
Western Red Cedar

All with the proper exterior finish.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 07:54 AM

White oak but not red oak?

I guess I was imagining what would work without exterior finish because I thought that WITH exterior finish anything would work?

I don’t INTENTIONALLY make things complicated. It is just in my genes.

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 12:20 PM

I thought that WITH exterior finish anything would work?

Not true at all. All exterior finishes are temporary at best. The best solution is to use weather resistant woods and exterior finish. Red oak has very open pores which allow moisture to penetrate deep inside the wood, very poor outdoor wood. I will add mahogany to the list of weather resistant woods.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 01:39 PM

White Oak, , cypress, cedar, mahogany or treated…

-- Jim from Doniphan

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#6 posted 04-09-2013 12:52 AM

The Wood database has good information on wood durability, though unforunately not a great way to list the very durable woods. Here's a google search to find the ones listed as very durable. If that link doesn’t work, type the following in a google search box: “very durable” site:

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#7 posted 04-09-2013 01:17 AM

These was an article in the June 2013 (current) issue of FWW that listed white oak, black locust, bald cypress, red cedar and white cedar as the best domestic woods for outdoor use.

The article also suggested not using any finish because it won’t last and refinishing is not a pleasant task. HTH

-- Art

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