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Forum topic by rolfeskj posted 06-11-2014 02:15 AM 1124 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2014 02:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar chairs outdoor

I am looking to make some outdoor adirondack chairs from cedar. I have rough cut 3/4” boards that I want to use. My problem is that the wood feels very soft and very light. How dose this wood hold up outside, is it strong enough for chairs, will screws hold or can they pull out of the soft wood? Thanks for any advice.

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#1 posted 06-11-2014 04:06 AM

Cedar is commonly used for Adirondack chairs. It holds up well outside. Search for plans that uses 3/4 stock. You should be fine.

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

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#2 posted 06-11-2014 11:35 AM

What is the best finish for cedar outdoors?

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#3 posted 06-11-2014 08:21 PM

If you leave it unfinished, it will weather to a silver tone in just a few months outdoors.

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 09:00 PM

I may be late but I had been trying Spar Urethane that would flake after a couple of years. I’m trying Watco’s Teak oil. It should according to claims hold up well over time. Instead of stripping and refinishing you can lightly sand and reapply. Good luck

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 09:25 PM

That Teak oil works. I made my sister a nativity stable using Teak oil for a finish. It sat outside until the end of March and still looks like it just came fresh out of my garage.

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