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Old 03-12-2013, 10:11 AM   #16
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Go to HD....you will find metal pads that are made to be nailed onto a leg of a table or chair. Actually, if you can find plastic, that would be better.

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Hi Brock. I would recommend you use Douglas fir and then use a penetrating stain on it. You can buy a compressor and an HVLP spray gun with what you save by not buying redwood or TEAK????

Apparently that person has never picked up teak, or priced it, unless they live in SEA. It weighs, and costs, a ton.
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Hi Brock. I would recommend you use Douglas fir and then use a penetrating stain on it. You can buy a compressor and an HVLP spray gun with what you save by not buying redwood or TEAK????

Apparently that person has never picked up teak, or priced it, unless they live in SEA. It weighs, and costs, a ton.
I'm going to have to talk to the decision maker and see what she wants to do. Now I'm thinking that building it out of Cedar or Redwood might be the way to go and just stain it. I wanted to paint it white in order to keep it light and bright out there but maybe just going with lighter fabric on the cushions might be the way to go.
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Either Cedar or Redwood are both good choices. Choosing between the two I'd go with whichever is more readily available in your area. I live in Cedar country so I don't see much Redwood but just a few hundred miles South of here it's just the opposite, Redwood is king.
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Either Cedar or Redwood are both good choices. Choosing between the two I'd go with whichever is more readily available in your area. I live in Cedar country so I don't see much Redwood but just a few hundred miles South of here it's just the opposite, Redwood is king.
Yeah we did cedar on the fence last year. I guess this would match.
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For painted furniture on a covered patio Poplar excels. Plan on 3 coats of paint since it takes paint like a sponge and since it retains paint so well do not ever plan on stripping it.
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white painted benches or deck railing outside only lasts (white) for about a year then it turns a slight yellow and keeps getting more yellow until it is time to paint it to make it white again,especially the horizontal surfaces. it is high maintnence and if you want it to stay white plan to paint every year or figure out a good way to clean it. a very high quality paint is recommended... A stained bench will not have the high maintenance involved...
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That plan won't work. There isn't enough room for the benches with that dog there.

If you don't mind the look, you may check into some bench brackets made of wood or some resin material.
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That plan won't work. There isn't enough room for the benches with that dog there.

If you don't mind the look, you may check into some bench brackets made of wood or some resin material.
Yeah he takes up a lot of room. Our 120# puppy.

Ok so I talked it over with the boss and she says stain is the way she wants to go because white paint will be too hard to keep clean.

So I think Cedar is the way to go. New Question.

Some plans online I see have me ripping a 1x6 in half at a 45* angle and then connecting them back together making a mitered corner piece. This would serve as the leg. Does this seem strong enough. I was thinking I'd notch out a 4x4 so the 1x6 could sit on the notch out.
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I use treated wood for frame then synthetic decking for the back rest and the seat. This makes it unnecessary to stain or paint. Paint will not last and stain tends to come off on the clothes. I seal the "end grain" of the synth decking with osi caulk and leave 1/4" spacing for all joints for outdoor furniture.

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