My lady has commissioned me to build a garden bench. She wants it painted
(white). It will rest near a lake in the Blue Ridge (VA). What wood do you
suggest the bench be made of?
Thanks in advance for your advice.
Another trick is to soak the feet with a thinned solution of epoxy.
Once the epoxy has soaked into the bottoms of the feet, it will not rot due
to contact with the ground. Since the OP plans to paint the bench, there
won't be any issues with subsequent finishing.
I use acetone but I suspect other ketones should work as well. Thin as
much as you need but keep in mind that the thinner it is, the more easily it
penetrates but the more applications you need since there will be less epoxy
with each application.
I have used this method quite successfully on teak and oak. The legs on
these pieces are still as solid as the day they were placed in different
gardens about five years ago. Both pieces, by the way, were finished with
Penofin. By making sure the epoxy did not leak into the visible sides of
the legs, there was no aesthetic problem. Since the OP intends to use
paint, it won't matter if the epoxy does appear on the sides.
I have found this method to be less expensive and more readily available
for me than using a specially formulated epoxy.
"Mike Rocket J. Squirrel Elliott"
If you keep it painted, yellow pine is a good choice. Otherwise, the cheaper
of cypress or white oak. Put some feet on the bottom to avoid ground
contact as that is the first place moisture will get to. I used square
rubber feet on a couple of benches and tables. .
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