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golfer12

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12-10-2013 07:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: exterior table wood teak

Hi, Im looking for wood to make a table top. This table I am making is going
to be and outside table on a deck. I need enough lumber to make a
4 foot wide by 4 foot long table top that is roughly 1 inch thick. I was wondering if you had any wood or
suggestions for me. I do have a small budget. I have the ability and
skills to join wood of any woods to make this table top. Im just looking to
make my own table top to save money on purchasing one already finished. I would prefer to use Teak or Cumaru but cannot find a place that will sell me such a small amount.


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alohafromberkeley

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 08:33 PM

Boulter Plywood in Somerville (800-958-6237) is showing Teak on sale for $16/bdft. currently….hope this helps!

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 08:37 PM

What about white oak?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 08:44 PM

have you tried searching your local Craigslist.org? that’s where I get a lot of my lumber. local millers, cabinet shops, and hobbyists give some pretty good prices compared to the lumber yard. and often they will throw in some free stuff too.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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golfer12

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#4 posted 12-10-2013 10:21 PM

i looked on craigslist and waiting to hear back but only 1 person local to massachusetts with a posting that is what im looking for

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golfer12

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#5 posted 12-10-2013 10:22 PM

White oak? havent heard about using that before. I dont want to use pressure treated wood. What can white oak offer?

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#6 posted 12-10-2013 10:28 PM

White oak offers good resistance to rot and decay. it is a good hard wood for outdoors.

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golfer12

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#7 posted 12-10-2013 10:30 PM

what would you suggest for a finish/seal on the white oak? Watco Exterior? Watco Teak oil?

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WDHLT15

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#8 posted 12-11-2013 03:32 AM

You could finish with 100% tung oil (not tung oil “finish”, which actually contains very little tung oil but rather is an oil and varnish mixture). The table top could be re-coated several times a year, and it only takes a few minutes to let the oil soak in, then wipe off the excess. White oak would be a good choice.

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#9 posted 12-11-2013 04:13 AM

If you were closer I would say stop by and we’ll pick something out of the lot. Hope you find something. Most of the big box stores should be able to get teak or cumaro decking for you.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 12-11-2013 12:38 PM

Well, you may be in luck, golfer. I’m in North Reading and an avid golfer, so I’d be happy to help you with some lumber for your project. I’ll PM you.

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BinghamtonEd

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#11 posted 12-11-2013 01:20 PM

Golfer, the white oak is a suitable choice for exterior applications because the pores get naturally clogged with some stuff (can’t remember what it is), and it does not absorb water to the extent that many others do.

Edit : Googled it, that stuff is called tyloses. It is less eveident in the sapwood, so you may want to avoid the sapwood, if you weren’t already.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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golfer12

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#12 posted 12-11-2013 11:00 PM

is there another option for finishing besides tung oil? I do not want have to be sealing it 2 times year or so.

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#13 posted 12-11-2013 11:31 PM

is there another option for finishing besides tung oil? I do not want have to be sealing it 2 times year or so.

Yup, anodized aluminum.

Otherwise you pays your nickel and you takes your chance.

If you aren’t up to working with wood and what the care of wood entails maybe you should look elsewhere.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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golfer12

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#14 posted 12-11-2013 11:45 PM

dallas, all I meant was can I use something instead of tung oil. I read online that Spar Vanish is great for exterior furniture instead of tung oil and was looking for advice.

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Dallas

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#15 posted 12-12-2013 12:53 AM

You can use Spar Urethane, but eventually you are still going to have to refinish.

Varnish, depending on the climate will have to be replaced every year.
Poly Urethane will need redoing about every 4 years.
Spar Varnish was built for ships. Ships are under constant maintenance.
If you don’t want to do maintenance, use a different medium.

there ain’t no easy run.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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