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Re: What type of wood for the table?
Cypress, Cedar, Redwood are traditional woods for outdoor use. Teak, White Oak and Ipe would also be on my list.
Cypress mills beautifully and it grays out slowly if you use no protection. it's a look. I have a planter box that has been outside for 3 years and it still has not grayed out completely.
Teak has a lot of oil in it and is hard on saw blades. Ipe is beautiful but heavy.
White Oak is heavier than cypress and it mills up nicely.
I used red oak for my table because I had a bunch of it lying around. I suspect that if I don't re-seal it with a marine grade spar varnish, I will see it blacken. I would not recommend red oak.
Re: Spar URETHANE?
Here is a picture of my table with three coats of Interlux Schooner Spar Varnish. All parts of the table will receive a minimum of 4 coats and the table top at least 6 coats
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