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jim sylvester 05-14-2017 05:49 PM

table build
hi guys

getting ready in the next couple of weeks to build a farm/trestle table that would be used OUTDOORS (but covered by roof) 10' x 48"

need recommendations of wood

all research is leading me to cypress because of decay and bug infestation resistance......but am having a very tough time sourcing the material locally.

table will be stained and poly. see link for finished product (hopefully)

what do you guys recommend for wood?



nightfighter 05-14-2017 06:23 PM

Check with Andersen and McQuaid in Cambridge to see if they can source the cypress. Otherwise price out southern yellow hard pine, western redwood, or western red cedar. The Cajuns get big money for cypress.....

Slipknot 05-15-2017 08:48 AM

I'm sure there are places in RI that have cypress
I have used it for outdoor projects, it would be fine for a table.
Really since it's under a roof, you have many other choices.

you could always use mahogany since you are going to stain and urethane it.

covered by a roof is good but is it also on a patio? or on the ground?

blondterror 05-15-2017 01:12 PM

Sapele is a nice wood for outdoor furniture. I built a barn bar for a Cape client a few years ago and it is used outside all summer.

Downes and Reader sells it is most thicknesses

The Dad Fisherman 05-15-2017 02:28 PM

You can get cedar planking NH pretty regularly around here. Mirante (Mahogany) is also pretty available. You can usually find those at HD and Lowes in case you have to replace the inevitable oops :hee:
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jim sylvester 05-15-2017 04:13 PM

thanks guys will be on paver patio....will that make a difference?


BigBo 05-15-2017 04:16 PM

I just built this one last year for my daughter and son-in-law. Didn't make it for outdoors though. The top and benches are Hard Maple rough cut 1". The spanner beam on the bottom is 6"X9" also rough cut hard maple. 4"X4" legs and cross members.
Bought everything at Downes and Reader in Stoughton, MA. They have a lot of exotic hardwoods and also have locations in ME and CT.

trevier 05-15-2017 06:18 PM


Originally Posted by jim sylvester (Post 1122030)
thanks guys will be on paver patio....will that make a difference?


white oak will work, won't rot and the bugs don't like it.

Slipknot 05-15-2017 10:16 PM

Yep white oak is a great choice too

It matters if direct contact for rotting reasons, if it were to be on soil or sod then teak, cedar would be a better choice.

What matters now since it is going on pavers is the finish you use on whatever wood species you choose. There are some really good finishes for exterior clear coats, a 2 part finish is better that a marine varnish brushed on. I would avoid polyurethane even if it says it is exterior
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