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post #1 of 13 Old 02-01-2008, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question Recommended wood for adirondack chairs

I recently made a couple adirondack chairs out of a bunch of left over PT 5/4 x6 lumber. I was pretty happy with how they turned out. Now of course all my friends want a pair... What wood do you guys recommend for these. They'll be hit with 4 seasons here in MO.

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I do not like useing pt lumber unless I have to. For outdoor projects, cypress,cedar,white oak and I have heard black locus.
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Cypress would be my first choice, cedar my second choice.

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white oak and I have heard black locust.
And osage orange. PT is cheap...but it is pine, it has to be treated and that wears off. I would go with naturally decay resistant woods if you really want them to last.
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I use my low grade oaks, Mcfeeleys Nocorrode screws, Mckloskies outdoor deck preservative.
My footstools stow under the chair.
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Redwood and Teak will work as well.






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Ipe would be a good dark wood.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Cedar is really common here, so I will give that a try. I only used the PT because I had a bunch of it left over from a deck project.
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Hey Sander..

You know everyone has really good suggestions.. But one thing you have to think of is how much are they going to pay... If they want chairs that last and don't mind paying for them then head for that good wood... If they are looking to paint them and not stain them and/or not willing to pay very much, you may be limiting yourself to Treated stuff... Cedar is a great lumber and is a little lighter, than other woods.. And it does tend to last for quite a long time... Don't forget, cedar is also a little softer than alot of the other woods mentioned... Good luck on your chair making and congrats..
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Cedar is really common here, so I will give that a try. I only used the PT because I had a bunch of it left over from a deck project.
Cedar's a good choice for outdoor stuff, especially if you can get it cheap.

Anyone know if sassafras is a good external wood?
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But one thing you have to think of is how much are they going to pay... If they want chairs that last and don't mind paying for them then head for that good wood..
It's been so long since I bought a stick of lumber I had to look it up. Lowes (for example) has pressure treated listed for $1.75 bft. Air dried white oak sells at my mill for $1.50 (and I am kinda high compared to the other local mills ) Cedar is $1.50 too, but like was mentioned pretty soft. I am just not a PT fan, sorry.
I bet there is a sawmill close to you selling alot better wood than PT, for less money most likely ? Those big box stores are where a guy buys nails and screws, not wood.
After rereading your first post in this thread, you said Mo. Yea you should be surrounded by cedar, and alot of other good woods. I am not knocking using your PT leftovers to make the chair (it looks nice). Just saying if I was going to have to go out and buy more wood for future chairs, PT would be my last choice.

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Anyone know if sassafras is a good external wood?
http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache...ient=firefox-a

The link says it is decay resistant, good for moist conditions, making it good for fence posts and house sills...so I would assume that would be a yes. I have no personal experience with it. It grows around here, I have just never milled any (always wanted to though )
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http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache...ient=firefox-a

The link says it is decay resistant, good for moist conditions, making it good for fence posts and house sills...so I would assume that would be a yes. I have no personal experience with it. It grows around here, I have just never milled any (always wanted to though )
Thanks for the info Daren...I've used it just a bit on some small projects. It works pretty well. The grain looks like oak, the color is more brownish, it smells better than oak, and is a whole lot more fun to say!

I don't think sassafras is quite as strong as oak but it should do for some outdoor furniture. I'm thinking of some Adirondack chairs myself, and sassafras is fairly easy to come by here, as opposed to something like Cypress.
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