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#1 posted 04-03-2014 02:08 AM

Really not many woods will hold up to that kind of weight year after year being outdoors in the elements. You’ll have to consider the fasteners, as well, if you plan to have any. Actually being under the concrete top will help some with staying dry, especially up under the top. One wood that comes to mind that would probably hold up for some time is ipe, but it would be pretty expensive.

White oak would be good for a few years. Mahogany would be good or teak, as well as most any of the softwoods. They would be most economical to replace when the structure begins to get rickety, and they can be surprisingly strong for their weight.

You could even make a composite look good. It would last a long time. How about making the whole thing, except for maybe the braces, out of concrete ? That would be a fun project.

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