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Posted on Best wood for outdoor furniture (living in Texas)?

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#1 posted 02-29-2020 05:52 PM

I’d recommend white oak. Relatively resistant to weather even unfinished, insect resistant, and will tolerate limited amounts of direct ground contact (chair legs, etc). Not too expensive and readily available, mils easily enough.

If finished and if the finish is kept up with it’ll stay fairly smooth and keep any color to some extent. If left unfinished, it’ll silver in color and the surface will develop a “fuzz” from the grain raising over time.

I’ve built a number of large adirondacks and side tables from white oak which sat outside uncovered in Houston and lasted 8-10 years before they finally got so rough that they held too much dirt and were catching fabric if sat on. Even then they were still structurally solid and a couple had been sitting out in the yard for most of that time around a fire pit with minimal rot just starting on the legs.

Use a good waterproof glue and stainless screws. You’ll be able to reclaim the stainless screws later.

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