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Old 06-07-2010, 02:23 PM   #1
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Hello. My house has a front porch with a painted railing around it. In multiple places it has rotted extensively and needs to be replaced. It is made out of dimensional lumber (pine) and I would like to replace it with something rot resistant such as wolmanized pine but it also needs to be able to be painted white. So can I use wolmanized wood or do I have to use something more expensive like oak or cedar? Thanks
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Wolmanized Pine (pressure treated) is soaking wet and will warp and twist like crazy after it eventually dries. Until then it will not hold any paint.

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Thanks! Yeah I know it would have to dry out at least a couple of months before painting. What other woods would work? I think oak is just too expensive. A 1x4x10 is 20 bucks at Lowes. Would cedar be an acceptable wood? I would just hate to make this thing out of pine again and have it rot in 5 years
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Thanks! Yeah I know it would have to dry out at least a couple of months before painting. What other woods would work? I think oak is just too expensive. A 1x4x10 is 20 bucks at Lowes. Would cedar be an acceptable wood? I would just hate to make this thing out of pine again and have it rot in 5 years
Yes it would.

Just make sure to prime and pre-paint everything.

After it's all put together one more coat of paint.
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I thought so. I know they sell cedar 1xs but I also need a cedar 2x4 for the bottom and top rail. Maybe this is a better question for a lumber yard.

Question how workable is cedar? If I used a 3/4 roundover router bit will it tear out the wood? Most of my woodworking experience is in pine/ rough carpentry
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I router Cedar all the time.

If your tearing it up, it’s time for a new bit.

I’m assuming your talking about Western Red Cedar.

Where you can find a sweet 2x4’s in your area? Can’t help you there.

Not a problem on the Oregon Coast though.
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Most of the cedars will work great for you. It should be no problem to work with reasonably sharp tools.

We have had great success with Port Orford Cedar. It is stronger than Western Red Cedar and machines to a finer finish. You had mentioned oak, but I would not use that on an exterior application even if price was not the issue. Use a high quality kiln dried cedar such as Port Orford or Western Red and use a premium oil-based primer before installation.
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any real lumber yard should carry both cedar and mahogany 2X4s which measure 1 3/4" thick, which gives a nice thick railing even after beveling the top.
mahogany, at least in my area right now, is cheaper than cedar. a 12' chunk of 2X4 goes for around $40, which would do an average top and bottom railing section. that's pretty cheap, in my opinion.
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