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I have a customer that wants some custom shutters and planter boxes made...she wants cypress..is this good wood for exterior projects??? I've never worked:glare: with it. Any suggestions will be helpful.
 

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We've worked with exterior shutters in coastal applications for over 15 years and would only recommend river recovered cypress and/or virgin growth heart. Current cypress being harvested doesn't seem any better than SYP for rot resistence. Typically we'd build the panels and boxes out of Spanish cedar and line with a product that allows for the wood to breath but not transfer moisture...see www.wet-flash.com for suggested product.
 

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I had cypress planters made from new wood. I planted directly into the raw wood. They are completely unscathed over 3 years later. Cypress is white and accepted the iron oxide and wine stain I made well too.
 
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