Question: I need to make shutters for our vacation home on an island off the coast of North Carolina. The climate is warm and moist, and the shutters will be large and heavy (about 2 ft. by 5 ft. each). I intend to paint them. What's the best affordable wood for the project? And how should I join the frames for lasting strength?
-- J. Scott , Irvington , NY
Answer: Since water resistance, price, and weight are con...