Which wood to use for a shelved in a bathroom

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Forum topic by Wstein posted 11-18-2014 05:07 PM 1243 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2014 05:07 PM

I am thinking of adding some shelving to the tub/toilet part of my bathroom. There is a little alcove that is about 3’ wide by 1’ deep. I kinda have a ideal of what I want to do, which would be a ventilated shelf. This is for me to put towels, wash clothes and what not on. I am wondering what wood should I use since it will be humid in there from the shower. I was thinking of using cedar since it is pretty resistant, but does anyone know what the wood movement would be like. I also was thinking of using poplar and staining and sealing it good.

Thanks in advance for your advice

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#1 posted 11-18-2014 05:37 PM

I built one out of oak many years ago (maybe 23 years). Whitewashed it with paint and put 2 coats of varnish on it. It is right between the shower and sinks. So far no problems at all and that is not because I rarely take a shower or wash my hands :)


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#2 posted 11-18-2014 06:21 PM

You shouldn’t have to worry about wood movement too much as long as you allow the shelves to expand and contract in width. To minimize that use quarter sawn wood, that will solve cupping problems as well. They won’t move lengthwise at all, so no worries there. I wouldn’t worry too much about wood species either, I’ve used pine in shower stalls without problem. The boards aren’t going rot like a fence post in the ground, even if they get water splashed on them occasionally they will dry between exposures and last a long time.

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