Wooden Garden Furniture
Having a cool garden is an essential part of every home. What makes a garden attractive is a set of furniture that makes it a pleasant stay. There are a lot of designs when it comes to choosing the suitable furniture. But before taking on the endeavor of choosing the type and the right material, one must choose wisely the type of wood. Wood is different, and hence the object that makes it. Below we mention the types of wood to consider.
There are many choices of suitable woods to use for outdoor furniture. Those that last the longest and stand up to the most extreme weather conditions share similar characteristics. In addition, they tend to be woods that are particularly attractive.
Cedar is a great choice for outdoor projects. Cedar is naturally resistant to decay, so it will last a long time. In fact, it can even be left unfinished. It will weather to a silver–gray color that looks great. Or, applying a penetrating oil finish will help preserve the golden tone for longer. Cedar is also lightweight, which makes it great for arbors, pergolas, and other structures that may have to be heft into place.
“Rough-sawn” cedar that has one smooth face and one rough face can be found at any home center, but may not be suitable for some projects. Smooth cedar is available, too, but can be a bit pricey—especially in the higher grades that have fewer knots and straighter grain. Cedar also cuts easily, and accepts glue, screws, and nails well. However, caution must be paid when cutting as the sawdust can irritate the eyes and lungs. A dust mask and safety glasses are enough to prevent this irritation for most of us.
Redwood was a common choice for outdoor projects at one time. In fact, redwood patio furniture with flowered, puffy cushions was once all the rage. Like cedar, redwood naturally resists decay and is very durable outdoors. Plus, it has an attractive reddish-brown color that many people really like. These days, though, redwood can be tough to find. You may have to search out a specialty lumber dealer to get it. As such, redwood usually comes at a premium price that may put it out of reach for large projects. But it can still be a great choice for many kinds of small projects.
Redwood is also easy to cut, glue, and fasten. Once again, one must be cautious of the dust during work. Finishing is up to the beholder. It can either be left bare to weather, or be applied with an outdoor finish to help preserve the wood’s color.
High-grade heartwood is impervious to rot and insect damage. Lesser grades are more prone to rot and insect damage. To extend the life of the wood and to retain its original color, apply a penetrating oil sealer or stain
Not many people consider oak when thinking about outdoor projects. Red oak—the kind that’s commonly used for furniture and molding in houses—is not suitable for outdoor use. But a cousin to that wood, known as white oak, is an excellent outdoor wood. It’s a dense, durable hardwood that’s very strong. White oak, as the name implies, has a light color (more tan than white) that is quite striking. The grain pattern is similar to the known oak, but tighter and without the open pores and wild grain lines that can be found in red oak. Finishing is a must if one wants to preserve the color of white oak. Without a finish, it will weather to a dark brown or even black color, though it will still remain strong.
White oak is a premium hardwood, and carries a price to match. It’s more difficult to cut and shape, too, due to its hardness, but not overly challenging with good-quality tools. If you’re up for the challenges, though, white oak will let you create outdoor furniture that would be worthy of a place indoors.
Southern Cypress (also called bald cypress) is found in common and premium grades. Cypress is readily available in most parts of the world. Cypress is a tan to reddish color. The color is somewhat lighter than redwood. Cypress is equal to redwood in its resistance to rot and insects. Cypress can be used for both structural and ornamental purposes. Because of its high cost, many people use cypress only on highly visible areas of a deck or structure. Cypress is known for its tendency to twist and warp if not dried properly. However, it can be nailed or screwed down like redwood and does not need to be pre-drilled. Cypress is affordable in the Southeast. The farther away you are from the Southeast the more expensive it is. Depending on the region, cypress can be more expensive then redwood.