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Forum topic by rph123 posted 06-01-2014 08:03 PM 1324 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rph123

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06-01-2014 08:03 PM

Hey

I’m a newbie looking for some suggestions. I’m having an old rough cut cypress fence replaced, and I would like to use the wood if possible. I was thinking of maybe making a table out of some of the extra wide pieces. Do you think this is something a newbie could do? I like the rustic look of the wood, but I know the wood would need some type of finishing/cleaning. I’m looking for suggestions on how to do this.

Thanks


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#1 posted 06-01-2014 09:15 PM

Rph123, Welcome to LJ’s. It is amazing the information and advice you can find here on any subject and topic in woodworking. I believe pictures are better than words so attached are pictures of a cypress hall table I am currently working on. Cypress Is good for outdoor or indoor furniture due to its makeup. I suspect the moisture content will be very high so before milling you will want to check and air dry if needed. I was surprised at the movement cypress has once milled and because of that I ripped 3 in wide pieces to prevent cupping after the of the tabletop is finished. I stained and finished with a oil/thinner mix for a rustic look. I believe the stain brought out the hard and soft wood without blotching. To prevent blotching I used a pre-stain blotching control product made by Charles Neil. he is a great resource on here or you can learn a lot about finishing from his videos.

Good luck cypress is good to work with.

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#2 posted 06-01-2014 09:24 PM

How thick is the wood? It may be warped and require straightening and planing. It therefore may be difficult to preserve a lot of the rustic look. I would still go for it. Cypress is beautiful wood and as said great to work with. Do you have posts that can be legs?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 06-01-2014 10:31 PM

Just remember that cypress is somewhat soft. It will dent easily, but will work well.
An oil/wax finish which is easily renewed will work well unless it will be exposed to heavy/hard use.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#4 posted 06-05-2014 10:15 PM

Thanks for the replies. Most of the pieces are 1” thick with the widest pieces 17” down to around 6”. There are some 2×4s and 4×4s also, but the original ones are in worse condition. I’m not sure if they can be used or not. I took a few pics today. I took a couple of the smaller pieces and sprayed them with a power sprayer to see how it would turn out. I thought those pieces turned out pretty good. Does this look like cypress? I’ve just always been told it was cypress. Some of the pieces split when I was taking them down and the fresh wood looked kind of red. I didn’t think cypress had a red tint like that. Like I said I’m a newbie, so I don’t have alot of tools. I have a circular saw, jig saw, drill, and a orbit sander. Thats about all I have for power tools. I’ve thought about doing everything from a farm house style dining table to just a small outdoor table or bench. I have plenty of wood to practice on. The fence was just over 200 feet long.

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#5 posted 06-06-2014 12:25 AM

If it still has that good color, there’s probably still some usable wood there. It’s feasible that it’s cypress. Where are you located? This is my cypress floor. Not a very good choice for a floor, but it is distressed and fits into the log cabin look. It darkens with age.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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rph123

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#6 posted 06-10-2014 10:40 PM

I sanded down one side and cut the ends off of on piece. The wood lightened up a good bit. I don’t know much about wood, but it looks closer to the cypress I’ve seen before. I’m located in Mississippi.

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