HD has been discontinuing some of their wood products. As a result I
now own 105 1x6 8' cypress tongue and groove boards ($1.45 each, was
$13). I need some of these to redo my porch and will rip some of them up
for trim but that will leave a lot left over. I'm thinking I should
build something outdoors with them, it's beautiful stuff with few flaws
and very straight. What kind of finish do they need to keep them
"natural". Other suggestions?
I like cypress and have used it for quite a few outdoor items. Tables,
bench, chairs, lounge chair, etc. My favorite outdoor finish is Penofin
oil. Put a coat on every year or two. It has UV blockers so it helps keep
the natural color for a long time.
$1.45 each? You suck! They are easily $15+ today.
Holy crap, Jeff, what have you done?! There was a recent recall on
cypress and the stuff is downright dangerous. You are placing you and
your family in harm's way by even having that stuff on your property!
I am a federally certified Cypress Disposal agent. Ship the stuff to
me postpaid and I will dispose of it properly for you. Do not wait -
send it out as soon as possible!
Not buying it, huh? Well, you can't blame a guy for trying. Nice
score. If you want to keep it 'natural', treat it like cedar and use
a good sealer. Be aware that you will be reapplying the stuff every
year or two and it is essentially a losing battle in the long run.
Here are two good sealers:
The stuff weathers very nicely, and provides a great look. You might
want to think about leaving some of it in its real natural state -
untreated. Here's a thread with some information on cypress:
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