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Posted on Just picked up this Bench . Can anyone tell me what species of wood it is?

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#1 posted 11-03-2018 05:09 PM

I’d say it looks like an exotic, which would be a good choice for a bench sitting out in the elements. Likely Ipe. If you only ever clean it using deck/teak cleaner and then only oil it, it will look like new for decades. If you get in your head that varnish is a good idea it’ll look great until water gets under the varnish in one spot, and then the only solution is to strip and refinish.

Couple hours of work every couple year to clean and oil is the way to go. It looks like the wood really isnt even that dirty.

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