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Forum topic by dustycajun posted 04-08-2015 09:03 PM 830 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2015 09:03 PM

Hi im building a outdoor table and the question i have is im using cypress can i glue up solid table top for outdoor use. My past builds i have left a space between the boards. For expansion will a glue up hold up outside. Thanks for your suggestions

-- klcrd

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#1 posted 04-09-2015 12:57 AM

I would use Titebond 3 glue which is very water resistant according to Michael Fortune in the latest issue of FWW. Regarding the expansion/contraction you will be fine as long as you attach the top so that it is free to move with humidity changes. I use the Shrinkulator to estimate the amount of movement I should expect. HTH

-- Art

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#2 posted 04-09-2015 01:14 AM

The only thing I ever used cypress on was fencing in historical areas of town can’t say how much it moves. If the material is fresh and the temps are high I’d push them tight, if it’s still cold where you are I’d use 6d nails as spacers for summer expansion.

Gaps are good, they allow for air movement instead of trapping water and lets food to fall through for the pets and wildlife.

-- I meant to do that!

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#3 posted 04-09-2015 11:43 AM

I would be concerned with all the bad things pooled water sitting for extended periods would be to the top.

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#4 posted 04-09-2015 12:01 PM

I agree – the real issue is not expansion or whether the glue will hold up (Titebond 3 for this, like Art says). The pooling of water on the top is the reason that outdoor tables get slatted tops. The fact that you’re using cypress might help, since it’s so ridiculously outdoor-resistant it might not hurt for it to have some standing water on it, but it could make the top warp.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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