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Forum topic by Milo posted 04-19-2013 04:37 PM 968 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2013 04:37 PM

I new acquaintance who is a builder gave me a trunk load of most Redwood and some mahogany that was left from some builds he did. Now, I’ve never worked with Redwood before, and was wonder if anyone can give me some advice on it, what it’s good to use for, etc.

Is it primarily used for outdoor use? Is it an adirondack chair waiting to happen?



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#1 posted 04-19-2013 04:55 PM

Good example: I have a customer who wants a strawberry tree, (stand to hold strawberry bushes vertical), and it will be outdoors, so redwood is a great choice. Also good for window boxes, outdoor furniture, etc.

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#2 posted 04-19-2013 10:32 PM

Milo, if the pieces are thick enough you can use it for outdoor furniture. I built a garden bench with arms and a slatted back about 22 years ago and it is on its last legs from snowy winters. It did look good for a long time. It is not structurally as strong as other woods that are good for outdoors like Cypress, but about as good as Cedar.
It will turn grey from weathering. Have fun with the free wood.

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#3 posted 04-20-2013 06:41 PM

Does is glue up well? There will definitly be resawing on the pieces I have. Like i mentioned, I’m leaning more and more on finally making an adirondack chair.

Isn’t there a rule or something that every woodworker must make one of these in his/her lifetime? Kinda like making the trip to Mecca in Islam? ;)

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