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Old 12-03-2008, 07:18 PM   #1
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I'd like to build a nice picnic table for a friend for Christmas. I'm dead set on finishing the top with tile and have a pretty good idea how I need to do it. However, i'm not sure what kind of wood to use for the base. I'd like to use something nicer than run of the mill framing lumber. Anyone have any ideas? Something strong yet, appealing.

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Well, for outdoor use (not treated framing lumber)...
  • cedar looks nice with some stain and won't break the bank.
  • Ipe would make it last forever and would look really cool with some penetrating exterior stain like Penofin.
  • composite decking or PVC might be options..

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See if you can find some cypress locally. It will turn gray with age, if left unfinished. Depending on the tile chosen that may even be a benefit.

Cypress is quite rot resistant, and extremely bug resistant.

I also agree with the previous poster on cedar which is also bug and rot resistant.
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Thanks for the help!
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