|Forum topic by yellabret||posted 07-27-2013 04:04 PM||588 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
07-27-2013 04:04 PM
i felled a suburban cypress tree about a year and 4 months ago, and milled it in January. i am in Houston, and we had a warm winter. i air dried it in a stack that was well stickered. i put a 4.5” x7’x20” slab in my attic for about 3 months, this is being used as a seat for “the mother of all wedding benches” that i am making for my daughter. it has dried well with almost no checking and a very minimal amount of cup. the very center is now hovering around 16%, 1” deep is around 12%, probably all i can expect around here, and it is going to be an outside bench.
this wood just seems very light, and it dried quickly. a few pieces have some small areas that rotted, this is not on the outside but rather on the milled surface of a slab. i am concerned as this is supposed to be such a good rot resistant outdoor use wood. the bulk of the wood is in good shape, and i have surgically removed the bad stuff.
1) this will be on a porch without direct exposure. i am planning on using several coats of Penofin marine oil for the finish. am i correct in my thinking that once i have several coats of oil soaked into it that it will be protected from further rot? i am planning on a few fresh coats on annual basis.
2) i have measured the density to be 27lbs/cf. i read in various places that cypress is typically 29-31 lbs/cf. should this be a concern? or is this within an acceptable range?