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Posted on which is a good wood for a relatively large project?

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#1 posted 10-05-2020 12:25 PM

Ok, if you will put up with more opinion, I grew up in So Cal. I don’t think you need to worry about stability, it’s a single piece and will move all together.

Rot resistance will be more important, the suggestion of white oak seems like a good one and apparently valley oak is one of them.
from Wikipedia: ”Taxonomy Valley oak is of the white oak evolutionary lineage, which is officially known as the subgenus Lepidobalanus.”

I think the most important part is termite resistance. We had a redwood deck turn to powder from them. They are terrestrial “dry wood” termites and can survive in wood down to 3% moisture. Make sure that there is no direct path from the dirt to the wood. Setting it on steel posts works. If you can, seal the bottom with Henry’s roofing tar. It’s incredibly messy, but eventually hardens to a pretty impenetrable barrier. Your aesthetics will be important, but these things might help it last.

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