|Forum topic by Gavel||posted 08-17-2009 04:36 PM||1292 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
08-17-2009 04:36 PM
So, my first project is going to be a potting bench for my wife, which will live over the summer on our deck, which faces east. Obviously, I plan to make it out of cedar. My primary questions are:
(1) Does the cedar need to acclimate? For how long? I read that wood should acclimate for several weeks to the indoor environment but this is going to be outside.
(2) I would like to include some drawers and/or possibly a cabinet, where she can store some supplies such as garden shears, which contain metal that should not be exposed unnecessarily to the elements. Are there any products/materials I should consider to seal the drawers/cabinets to prevent rainwater or excess humidity from getting in? Or this just a bad idea and she should keep her shears in the garage?
(3) What should I use to stain and seal the wood? Just ordinary decking water seal?
(4) Can I get away with decking cedar for something like this, or should I get higher quality material?
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