I'm a big fan of cypress for outdoor furniture. I made some end
tables out of it 6 (7?) years ago that stay outside year round. Those
I painted, and they're as good as new. No joke. And this was just
your basic "new" cypress. Give it a shot - you won't be disappointed.
When I bought this house in 2000, the back fence was cypress, put up
in 1975 with no evidence of stain or sealer. It was mostly solid
except for the lower 6 inches, (It was touching the ground). I took it
down, trimmed the ends and planed it. Made a lot of nice birdhouses,
outdoor doo-dads and flower boxes. Few other local woods would stand
this weather that long.
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