07:32AM | 04/20/04
Member Since: 04/14/04
4 lifetime posts
Hello all,

I'm thinking about tackling an outdoor storage bench. I was considering using cedar to build the project and was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions or comments on whether or not cedar is the right wood to use or is there another type that I should be looking at. I am not really interested in breaking the bank on Teak or anything in that price range but am definitely looking for some guidance on wood types. Also wondering if anyone has any insight into how much maintenance is involved with cedar. Some sources have said it should be refinished yearly while others suggest every 4-5 years. Does the type of cedar affect this time period?



Mark Hammond

05:49PM | 04/20/04
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hi Dave,

Cedar is a good choice and if teak is a bit pricey then you can try redwood and even pine. I would suggest painting the pine but redwood can be finished clear with any good wood preservative. Use clear wood for best results and the length of time that the finishes will remain good depends on the conditions that the furniture will have to endure. Sunlight (uv rays) will break down most finishes, as well as salt air or perpetual rain.....MJH


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