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Forum topic by Nick Solimine posted 07-14-2009 06:59 PM 1317 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nick Solimine

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07-14-2009 06:59 PM

Looking to build furniture for my outside patio. Tables chairs and rocker. I am looking for some ideas on the type of wood to use for longevity and appearance. Still would like to keep cost in mind. Help

-- Nick , North Carolina " If we trust in GOD he will never put us in a place where his graces will not protect us "

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#1 posted 07-14-2009 08:37 PM

I guess it would depend on where you are located, but I have made all of my outdoor furniture with western red cedar. Redwood, white oak, and teak all make great choices as well. Price will more than likely be determined by your location.

-- Derrek L.

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#2 posted 07-14-2009 08:45 PM

In the south I think the use cypress and soutern yellow pine.

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#3 posted 07-15-2009 07:21 AM

Going to your local boating store will give you some options for weatherproof finishes.

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#4 posted 07-15-2009 01:16 PM

I recently got my hands on a pile of scrap cypress from a log cabin build that I’m turning into an Adirondack Settee for the porch. Whatever you use (even pine) for your furniture, you’ll do good to use a good deck stain to preserve it. Those stains were created to withstand the fury of nature and UV sunlite…you can’t go wrong. Also, using pressure treated wood is fine especially after it’s stained. I have a deck and picnic table that are both 20 years old…still good and no rot at all.

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#5 posted 07-16-2009 04:51 AM

Atlantic white cedar is native in North Carolina and is very popular for wooden boat planking due to rot resistance. It might be worth looking for a local sawmill. Your state forestry agency might be able to help.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#6 posted 07-17-2009 10:14 PM

I have used western red cedar and white cedar for chairs outdoor furniture and fencing. Cypress is also popular and has an long history of outdoor use.

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#7 posted 07-23-2009 05:40 PM

White Oak, Robinia (perhaps call Locust ?) and Larch/Tamarack wood are the woods of choice here in Europe. Cypress and Cedar are great too, Cedar smells good!

Larch wood is relativly economical here compared to Oak.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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