5 Woods for Outdoor Furniture
Master craftsman says good local choices abound
Synopsis: What makes a wood right for building outdoor furniture? Its ability to resist decay. No wood will survive forever outdoors, but if you use the right wood, stick to the heartwood only, and follow a few design tips, your projects will have a better chance for a long life. Learn why white oak, bald cypress, black locust, Eastern red cedar, and Northern white cedar are master craftsman Hank Gilpin’s choice for outdoor projects.
After a long day in the shop, I like to head out to the backyard, sit back in a chair, and have a cold drink. It’s relaxing, but I’m only there for a few hours at most. The wood chair beneath me is out in the weather all day, every day. And every minute, the elements are working to tear it down. Outdoor furniture won’t last forever, but you can greatly extend its life by…