On Fri, 5 May 2006 08:47:29 -0500, Iceman wrote:
If its rough, that's because it hasn't been surfaced yet. Many woodworkers prefer to purchace wood "in the rough", as it costs less that way.
Its possible to get a very nice, smooth surface on virtually any wood. And you'd be very surprised to see how different any wood looks when properly surfaced, vs. rough.
You'll need to know the exact wood species before you can decide how to use it. Cherry (if that's indeed what it is) is not very well suited to an outdoor application without a tough, water and UV resistant coating, and it would be a shame (some think its a crime!) to cover cherry that way.