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post #1 of 4 Old 09-20-2015, 06:17 AM Thread Starter
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Question Eucalyptus wood for outdoor project

Hi, I need to urgently build some rather big pheasant cages (aprox 3 m x 2 m x 2 m). They're meant for being used outdoors directly with no protecting roof above or so. I was thinking of using Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is used in Portugal a lot for building roofs. It is fine grained and dense wood and is very hard when dry. (Because of this it is usually worked when still green). Nevertheless it tends to twist a lot in the drying process and it also tears.
Does anybody have experience with using eucalyptus outdoors and would recommend that I not use it?
Regarding the finish I'm just applying some commercially available liquid wax used for floor treatment as this wood is not usually attacked by insects.
I´m a total newcomer to woodworking, so any suggestions that make my cages last and fulfill their intended purpose beyond the moment of completion will be met with great gratitude!
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I've never used it before. From what I read splitting is just a characteristic of the wood. Also what I read the wood is heavy. You might consider this for what you are doing. I believe I would be more inclined to use pressure treated pine.
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We use it a lot for exterior restaurant furniture, yet we put an exterior finish on it for additional protection. Wood machines really well, somewhat consistent with weight. We are awaiting another shipment from overseas to start the next job. We have to buy all the 8/4 shipped over to make sure we have enough. I'm hoping to use the left overs for Titanic chairs.
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Are you in the USA?

Other more common woods would suit your needs----red wood--Cyprus--even some pines would work.--A sketch of your design would help.
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