We have a garden bench that has cast something for the ends (with
legs). The back and seat were wood. The wood, whatever it was, is
I'd like to replace the wood slats and use the cast ends.
But what kind of wood will survive sun, rain. etc.
I'd like to avoid pressure-treated preserved wood.
And of course, the finish; I've not had much luck with urethane even
if it says it's made for exterior work.
The bench can be put into a gazebo for the winter.
You folks seem to know different woods very well; what you suggest?
Western red cedar and redwood, cypress if you're in the southern US.
Ipe, a tropical hardwood seems to be gaining favour. Those woods are
know for their resistance to rot. Cedar is probably what is most
readily available to you in Ontario.
Paint is best. But if you want a transparent finish, IME, polyurethane
flakes off. I've had success with Behr Super Rawhide, used on the best
log cabins in the Yukon (which the Yankees can't get anymore 'cause of
some stupid lawsuit) and Cetol TGL, but both those finishes might be
too soft for using on benches.
You could also try an exterior oil finish with UV protectants, but you
would have to reapply every year. Anyway, don't expect a clear finish
to last more than 3 years or so. You could also let the wood weather
to a nice silvery grey.
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Yeah, I say forget finish unless it's paint. My bench similar to yours
looks incredibly nasty now. Instead of weathered gray wood, I have some
nice looking wood here and there, big yellow sheets of stuff flaking off
here and there, and all kinds of black mildewy looking patches all over the
I might paint it green.
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Personally I would go with Ipe.
Just be aware however that there is a new formulation for pressure
treated lumber that is slowly making its way into stores now. Look
for a small plastic tag on the end of the piece. The old formulation
will be marked CCA for something that I can't remember but the A is
for ARSENIC - nasty stuff. The new stuff will be marked ACQ for
A-something?Carboquat, carboquat being the active ingredient and MUCH
less nasty than the arsenic.
Chris suggested Ipe, but I've not worked with it so I don't know the
benefits of it. It is getting popular for decks though.
Other good woods for outdoor use are cypress, white oak, redwood. With no
finish these will take on a gray patina over time. Personal choice comes
into play also. My last bench was cypress, but my next will probably be
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