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Charlie

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05-01-2013 10:21 AM

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Making a “cute” garden shed for the wife. I am insetting the window a bit so there will be a window ledge exposed outside. I can put a bevel on it so it will shed water, and it will be under a 2 foot roof overhang, but I could envision snow blowing onto it or maybe wind driven rain getting on it.

What would be a good wood to use there? Not something exotic, please. I mean…. could I just take a doug fir 2x and put a good oil-based primer and paint on it? I’d love to use a stone ledge, but I don’t have one wide enough. :)


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#1 posted 05-01-2013 05:17 PM

We use mostly fir here in Norway, but it’s nice if you can find a straight grained piece that comes from the center of the tree or is quarter sawn so it won’t warp.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 05:20 PM

white oak would be good.

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 06:10 PM

Cedar is a good choice.

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 01:33 AM

Redwood.

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#5 posted 05-02-2013 01:52 AM

Here in the south my house was trimmed in southern yellow pine. You have to keep priming and painting every 5 years or so. And make sure the joints are caulked. Recently I’ve started replacing some rotted frames and sills with plastic versions. That’ll never rot out. Lowe’s and HD have versions of most trim in plastic.

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#6 posted 05-02-2013 02:09 AM

Redwood. If you cannot get redwood, then insist upon Redwood. If all else fails, demand Redwood

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#7 posted 05-02-2013 02:57 AM

I would say more important than what you use is how you install it. Paint it like you said and make sure water can’t get behind it. Caulk to the window.

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#8 posted 05-02-2013 03:01 AM

I have never seen anything but pine or maybe fir. Paint it will with good paint and primer. Oil base isn’t any better. Might get some arguments there but today there are some good paints out there that are not oil based. Not always been true.

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#9 posted 05-02-2013 03:19 AM

I used Cypress for some window planters coated with outdoor poly…going on 8 years now and still solid.

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#10 posted 05-02-2013 03:22 AM

Redwood or cypress.

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#11 posted 05-02-2013 03:28 AM

i say cedar or redwood

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