I friend on mine has a wrought iron park bench he wants me to cut some wood
The question has come up, "Which wood?".
Anteing semi-exotic is out of the question. Something readily available at
the local yard. We kind of through in the towel and my just use clear pine,
with a good penetrating fence/deck seal. I though maybe white oak, but I am
not sure if I can find any. Ipe is out of the question as nobody around here
has it, and I don't want to ship some in, or work with it either.
Greg O wrote:
> I friend on mine has a wrought iron park bench he wants me to cut
> The question has come up, "Which wood?".
RUN, don't walk away from this one.
The difference in thermal expansion between metal and wood can be as
high as 1 mm/12".
No matter what you do, it will come back to bite you.
Assuming that the existing wood slats need replacing, I've BTDT... and never
You have to use hardwood.. pine will NOT handle the load unless it's too thick
to use on the bench... I wasted a lot of time and money finding out that it's a
LOT cheaper and easier to pay $30 or so for a new one....
I just used fir 2by4's ripped and planed to size, painted white, of which
looked reasonably good with the sandblasted painted black old cast iron
ends. I rabbeted the board ends to fit the groves on the cast iron so I
could fit thicker material than the original oak or oak wannabe....plenty
strong and still holding 2 years later. Rod
It would help to know where your local yard is located.
In Southern CA Doug Fir would be fine. In Washington Western
Red Cedar, in the Southeast cypress, in Pennsylvania black
walnut, in Texas Bodark, in Panama Mahogany, in Thailand teak.
The others adequately addressed the "which species" question. What I suspect
the OP really needs to know (although he didn't ask it) is where?, rather
"the local yard" is the wrong answer. Look up "hardwood" in your yellow
pages. Regular lumber yards generally don't carry much beyond SPF
My favourites (UK) for outside work would be larch or sweet chestnut.
Larch is tougher and cheaper, if there's any risk of vandalism in a
public space - chestnut is a bit fragile.
There are several other cedars and cypresses worth looking at, depending
on local supply. Assuming that the work here is to provide simpel
rectangular laths and round the edges a bit, then it's not necessary to
go with exotics - just replace them every decade or two.
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