Cheapest is pressure treated, but there are health concerns if there is
going to be body contact like tables, chairs. Swing set structure would not
have that problem. Cedar is next on the list. Mahogany and Ipe would be
strong and long lasting, but much more costly.
None is really needed, but thee are oils that will help keep it from turning
gray in the sun, such as Penofin. The UV inhibitors in Penofin help keep the
color as well as the oils preserving the wood. Cedar has natural defenses
against the weather too.
On Sat, 26 May 2007 22:05:55 +0000, Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
I built with cedar, but I can not seem to find the Penofin to put on it...
No matter how I search. Is this a brand name or an actual oil? I did
see some once, but i could not tell if it was safe for kids or not.
If you use treated wood, I think you have to paint over it before its safe
for kids to be on, and even then I am not entirely sure.
What about teak and redwood?
But seriously, the more important question is, what climate? In the
Boise, ID desert a swingset made of normal construction-grade douglas
fir / hemlock and treated every few years with deck stain is going to
last many, many years. (I prefer to use little skids of composite deck
boards under the legs, but my brother's swingset used redwood legs and
no skids, holding up great.)
Try the same approach out on hilton head island, and the thing will be
moss covered in a year and rotted away in five.
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You may also want to consider the manufactured wood they use for
decking. I rebuilt a garden chair, and the stuff will last forever.
It's grey in color, simulating already weathered cedar. Also, no
If you do go with cedar, I suggest leaving it natural, otherwise you
just rope yourself into yearly maintenance.
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