Hi all...first post here. I'm just starting out in woodworking, bought
some tools, built my first workbench couple of days ago (somewhat
badly), and I'm looking towards my next project.
Now, I was told yesterday that my girlfriend's father's girlfriend
(yeah, I know) has some leftover PT lumber from her newly-built deck.
it with is nasty stuff, even after the 2003 change from arsenic-based
stuff to whatever they're using now.
So my question to the group is, do I offer to take this wood and use it
to build outdoor furniture & items, or am I better off skipping on it
and going towards untreated cedar or others?
Personally, I would take it but only after seeing it and deciding if
it was in usable lengths. Lots of times people offer stuff for free,
when what they really want, is someone to haul it away for free.
Every complicated problem has a simple solution that doesn't work.
Wed, Sep 20, 2006, 8:31am (EDT-3) firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan W.)
<snip> use it to build outdoor furniture <snip>
For furniture, dog houses, etc. - NO.
I am not paranoid. I do not "think" people are after me. I "know" damn
well they're after me.
I'd take it. First of all, you're just starting out- so free wood is
the best wood. If you make a mistake, you didn't just wreck a $30
piece of cedar. Second, PT wood is just fine for outdoor furniture- I
made a park bench a while back and used 4x4 treated posts for the
legs. Took glue, machining, lamination, carving and mortising just
fine, and made a nice finished bench. Just let completed pieces sit
for a good long time (six months or better) before painting or
staining. They can do that sitting outside, no problem. I'd leave
the PT wood out of areas that you'll be sitting on or setting food on,
but it's fine for the main support structure. And third, it makes
great planter boxes, edging for gardens or patios, and shims.
Just don't leave it in contact with exposed skin for long periods of
time, and wear a paper mask or respirator when cutting or sanding if
you don't have adequate ventilation.
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