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Forum topic by krisrimes posted 05-24-2013 08:11 PM 4699 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2013 08:11 PM

I am getting ready to start a project with quite a bit of cypress and wondered if there were any lumberjocks that had any experience working with it. I am going to be doing quite a bit of pocket hole joints and really want to know if I need to worry about the wood splitting on me or not. Any other hints or tips to keep in mind when working with cypress would be great.


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 05-24-2013 08:42 PM

Easily worked with sharp tools.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 05-24-2013 09:28 PM

I just built this out of some old growth cypress. When I cut it the dust was more of a fine oily powder. Can’t help about the pocket screws as all the joinery was mortise and tenon or dados.

I even tried something different for the adjustable shelf.

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#3 posted 05-24-2013 10:03 PM

Lovely console, Alan. I like the adjustable shelf.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#4 posted 05-24-2013 10:15 PM

Have not done any pocket holes in cypress, but I have used it quite a bit. All of the floors in my house are cypress which is nice looking, but it is not really hard so it is getting quite worn, more of a distressed look. I have built my head board for my bed out of it. It behaves a lot like yellow pine and is about the same hardness. Did not have any problems with splitting. I have heard that it can be hard to paint and poly and all of that, but I did not experience that. I have also made Adirondack chairs out of cypress and they have held up great. They are about 9 years old and are still in great shape. I should use more of the stuff.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 05-25-2013 03:19 AM

Thanks for the help folks. That is what I was hoping to hear.

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#6 posted 05-25-2013 03:35 AM

I have done several projects with cypress and pocket holes. It in my opinion works like pine as it is very soft. Treat it as such like I have and you’ll have no issues.

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#7 posted 05-25-2013 11:14 AM

Yep cypress is a soft wood..use the coorse screws


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#8 posted 05-25-2013 12:19 PM


That is a very beautiful piece.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#9 posted 05-25-2013 03:57 PM

I love cypress so much. Gorgeous piece, Alan.

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#10 posted 05-27-2013 09:22 PM

Bug and rot resistant but it will rot in the ground.

-- Rick Wood

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#11 posted 05-28-2013 01:19 AM

My experience with it is that its softer and machines well

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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