Substitute for Cypfress for Garden Bench
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Sassafras is supposed to hold up pretty well outside.  It's also pretty light weight, if that is a consideration.  It's fairly soft and may not readily available in some areas.

I made a gate for my daughter's back deck out of sassafras 4-5 years ago.  It's holding up well.  Never built any outdoor furniture out of it though.
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(05-29-2022, 06:17 PM)Admiral Wrote: Well, shipping would be involved, but $4.60 bd ft aint bad, less then Western Red Cedar; https://walllumber.com/products/fine-softwoods/ and less than white oak which is over $6 . . .  https://walllumber.com/products/premier-hardwoods/

I have actually used the Aromatic Red Cedar ($2.85/bf now -- it was more like $2.00 when I bought it) from Wall Lumber for a bunch of outdoor projects, including planter boxes in constant contact with soil.  They have held up great for over a decade.  For furniture, I'd hit it with some 150/180 grit sandpaper every spring to avoid splinters, because it does tend to get a little rough as it weathers.
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#27
Otay OP,
What did you decide to do?
Start building yet?
Gary

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#28
Quote:Thanks to all who suggested alternate woods.  After careful consideration of the intended use of the bench (by a firepit) and my budget and gas prices and grocery prices, I decided to use pressure treated pine 2C4s from my local Lowes. (I get a veteran discount there.) Total cost, including galvanized 2 1/2" screws and paint, $118.

I'll [post some pics wren tie bench is done.
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