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Forum topic by Scott216 posted 11-30-2021 01:33 PM 319 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2021 01:33 PM

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A friend of mine wants the wood replaced on his outdoor bench. I volunteered to do this for him. I’m interested to hear any recommendations for which species to use. We are in New Jersey. Right now contenders are sapele, white oak and teak.

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#1 posted 11-30-2021 01:48 PM

Don’t know about availability in your area, but cypress is a good choice and usually economical compared to the choices you listed.

-- Ray

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#2 posted 11-30-2021 03:10 PM

ipe is a great outdoor wood,very strong,bug resistant and with a light sanding and fresh oil once a year will look like new for many years.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 11-30-2021 03:20 PM

White oak for domestic hardwood

Teak, IPE, Camaru(Brazilian Teak) for exotic hardwood.
African Mahogany or Sapele would be second choice to others due hardness/density

Redwood, Cypress for softwood.

For an unsupported length of that bench, strong/dense hardwood will be better choice.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#4 posted 11-30-2021 03:46 PM

I redid a bench like that using old reclaimed redwood boards, and it flexes more than I would like it to. Go with the hardwoods like CKlutz advised.

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#5 posted 11-30-2021 03:46 PM

+1 white oak.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#6 posted 11-30-2021 04:37 PM

For an unsupported length of that bench, strong/dense hardwood will be better choice.
- CaptainKlutz

I agree, I think a hardwood would be best from a strength/sagging perspective.

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#7 posted 11-30-2021 04:50 PM

Redwood or Fir are lower cost options? I did one years ago and used Cedar but increased board thickness for extra strength?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 11-30-2021 06:15 PM

Ipe or black locust either one will last a long time and both very dense

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