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12-11-2021 06:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood outdoors spar urethane

I got tired of my ashtrays being blown around by the wind so I decided to make wooden “weights” for them. I’m thinking of using 5” X 5” pieces of either 8/4 or 12/4. The question is: what is the best wood for something which will live outdoors 24/7/365? I’ve heard white oak is good for outdoors. Is there a better choice? Will Spar Urethane be acceptable as a finish? FYI I will be epoxying the ashtrays to the bases.

-- Woodworking is like a vicious cycle. The more tools you buy the more you find to buy.


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#1 posted 12-11-2021 08:15 PM

LOL Good Luck!

We get 40-70MPH straight line winds during every monsoon season. Ashtray on 5×5 wood block will sail away even faster than lower profile tray alone. Skip wood and use something really dense.

Maybe buy a 1/4 thick 8×8 steel plate and finish with a nice artist grade patina from Sculpt Nouveau products.

Cheaper route would be to use concrete or a decorative brick. Being cheap I once used JB Weld slow cure epoxy and bonded couple of cigar ash trays to a 8×8 octagonal patio brick for my patio. They only lift up and fly around back yard when it blows over 80MPH every couple of years.
YMMV

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#2 posted 12-11-2021 08:28 PM

Lignum Vitae might work.
LOL

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#3 posted 12-11-2021 08:29 PM

You can use Ipe or black locust. Both are dense and heavy.

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#4 posted 12-11-2021 08:31 PM



You can use Ipe or black locust. Both are dense and heavy.

- corelz125


what is Ipe?

-- Woodworking is like a vicious cycle. The more tools you buy the more you find to buy.

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#5 posted 12-11-2021 08:47 PM

You can use Ipe or black locust. Both are dense and heavy. – corelz125

what is Ipe? – dbw

https://www.wood-database.com/ipe/
http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/ipe.htm

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#6 posted 12-11-2021 09:09 PM

+1 ipe

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#7 posted 12-11-2021 09:25 PM

Of course there is the problem of the ashtray holding the water, it is a bowl after all 8^)

If your table is metal, you can embed some RE magnets to keep them from becoming the property of your neighbors.

+1 on the ipe. Lots of other tropical woods that will do well too.

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#8 posted 12-11-2021 09:49 PM

Quit smoking is best solution

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#9 posted 12-11-2021 09:53 PM



Quit smoking is best solution

- Aj2


I quit in 1987. I can’t convince my wife to do the same.

-- Woodworking is like a vicious cycle. The more tools you buy the more you find to buy.

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#10 posted 12-11-2021 10:05 PM

Maybe if there aren’t any ash trays…?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 12-11-2021 10:39 PM



Maybe if there aren t any ash trays…?

- Lazyman


Good luck with this angle!!!

-- Woodworking is like a vicious cycle. The more tools you buy the more you find to buy.

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#12 posted 12-12-2021 06:06 AM

id use ipe for sure.how about putting them a way when not in use ? and yeah get her to quit,or smoking will quit her !

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#13 posted 12-12-2021 09:33 AM

Drill into the bottom and pour some lead in the holes, then plug them.

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#14 posted 12-12-2021 11:25 AM

How about a half sphere ashtray with the flat as bottom?

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