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#1 posted 12-04-2018 08:19 PM

I’d call the other one pine. If the one on the right is Red Oak, neither of them would be very good outdoor woods, unless they were completely and permanently covered in paint.

The areas most problematic will be the end grain, where moisture will wick up into the boards at ground contact. Some folks have pretty good luck preventing this by using something to either cap off, or raise up the leg so it’s not down where it is wet. Being under a covered porch can greatly increase life expectancy as well.

My list of woods where I don’t give a lot of thought to constant repainting, or covering with some form of coating to keep them from rotting, and just falling apart is:

Black Locust
White Oak

All WILL weather, and to keep them looking bright, and in some folks opinion CLEAN, you need to do some application of a product to retard that accumulation of mold, dirt, and whatever, to do so. Depending on which species you choose it could be as much work as painting the pine. For something like your BGE tables I would tend to favor Cedar, simply because it’s widely available, has the lowest normal price point, and if it isn’t expected to move (as in a chair, where it flexes a lot when you lean back) it will last a long time. On moving pieces cedar can/will yaw out where you have placed through bolts, and other fixtures of assembly. This can shorten it’s life a bit. Most of the harder woods won’t yaw out like cedar can.

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