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Forum topic by emma5 posted 270 days ago 421 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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emma5

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270 days ago

Hello, I am building an outdoor cypress table that is 8’ long, rectangular in shape and will have a zinc, sheet metal top. I live in Missisippi so we have pretty extreme heat and it can get pretty cold. My concern is with the wood cracking and splitting and how best to prevent this. I have seen so many say use spar varnish, or no use boiled linseed oil, or no don’t use anything. I’m a busy mom so low maintenance is a plus. Any ideas? Your input would be greatly appreciated.


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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 270 days ago

Emma,

Sorry I have no experience, personally, with cypress or finishing cypress, but if you enter ‘outdoor cypress table’
in the “serch LumberJocks.com” serch window on the right, just above your post, you will generate a list of links to posts by several LJs who have made and finished cypress for outdoor use.

Hope this helps with your decision. Good luck with your build.

...just a thought, the metal covering will generate and retain quite a bit of heat when setting in the sun, so if you plan on using it as a picnic table you may want to consider that.

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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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 270 days ago

How does the metal attach to the wood? The design of the table, especially the top, is needed to answer your questions.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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emma5

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#3 posted 270 days ago

I did think about the heat factor. The table will be in the shade or under an umbrella most of the time. The top of the table will be constructed of two sheets of 3/4” plywood 8’Lx40”W. These will be glued and screwed together. A thin sheet of zinc sheet metal will then be attached to the top of this using an adhesive and wrapping the edges around and under the table edge. The corners will be soldered together to form a watertight seam. So the table base will be sheltered to a degree by the top but it will probably still get wet and will receive low angle sun. Thanks!

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Clint Searl

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#4 posted 270 days ago

The top sounds perfect. I would treat the cypress with Cabot “Australian Timber Oil”, clear or tinted….your choice.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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