cypress adirondack chair finish?

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Forum topic by smash posted 05-23-2009 04:44 AM 2132 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-23-2009 04:44 AM

Hello all,

I’m a “long time listener, first time caller” on lumberjocks. I’ve decided to take on a project and build some adirondack chairs. I don’t want a painted finish and I want a finish that will be somewhat low maintenance. The chairs will be outside, half the day in the shade and half in the sun. I think I’ve settled on using cypress…my questions:

1. Is cypress the best choice?

2. Can I use some kind of an oil finish with paste wax or what other kind of finish would work?


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#1 posted 05-23-2009 05:18 AM

Cypress would be great if you live in an area where you can get it at a reasonable price. You really don’t need to finish it at all. It will weather some, but will hold up just fine.

You can put Thompson’s water seal on the chairs once a year if you want to keep them fresher looking, but you are really fighting an endless battle trying to keep a finish on outdoor furniture. My advice is to learn to like the weathered look. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-23-2009 05:44 AM

You will really like the cypress for the chairs, it will turn a soft gray after awhile and last for years and years.

I have made 6 out of it and they are all doing very well after a year in the hot Texas sun, they are turning gray but it looks very nice.

One of my chairs

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