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Forum topic by dschlic1 posted 06-20-2014 07:00 PM 808 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2014 07:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak cedar

I am thinking about building a patio cart similar to this. Woodsmith recommends using white oak. What is your opinion on using cedar as an alternative? Might stand up a bit better in the outdoor weather, however is much softer wood.


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#1 posted 06-20-2014 08:15 PM

Cedar is very soft and will quickly dent and scratch on something with heavy use like that. If you don’t mind the distressed look, then no problem. Otherwise, I’d consider another wood. Look at the woods that get used for decking. Ipe and Cumaru could be options. They are probably more than oak though and so if cost is driving you, it might be looking in the wrong direction.

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 10:00 PM

Cypress might be worth a look. I built some Adirondack chairs out of it and they came out pretty nice.

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 10:45 PM

White oak will last a long time. There is a 6” round white oak log cut into 12” pieces laying in the woods behind our house. It is left from when we cleared our lot to build our house. That was back in 1987. I also have a piece of white oak door sill on our garage loft door that has been there for 25 years. Other than a little discoloration, it is as solid as the day it was put in.

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#4 posted 06-21-2014 03:39 AM

In my area white oak costs around $5 per board feet. Cedar and cypress is about half that. The cart will take at least 40 bf of lumber.

So it looks like it’s durability vs cost.

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#5 posted 06-21-2014 03:54 PM

40 bf?!? Are you sure you don’t mean 40 linear feet? Maybe I’m a bad judge eyeballing it.

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#6 posted 06-27-2014 06:08 PM

LiveEdge unfortunately no. From the cut list on page 9 there are a total of 11 boards totaling 83 linear feet. And it looks like my estimate of 40 BF may be a bit low.

It looks like a choice between durability and cost. If I go with cedar or cypress the cost of the wood is half, but much less durable (impact resistant). So if I do do this project it will be with white oak.

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