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Table wood?

OzarkQOzarkQ Posts: 150
edited 8:47AM in EggHead Forum
Get yer dirty minds out of the gutter. Geeze, I should have known better around here... :laugh:

What types of wood are good choices for the egg table? I saw references to cedar and I know the mothership sells cypress tables. Any advise for choices that have a good cost / performance ratio?



  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    cedar/cypress are great. naturally rot resistant.

    for the love of god, no PT, though. i beg of you! :sick:
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • hi Geoff,

    I second the motion for cypress. Having been around it my whole life (South AL swamps) I don't trust any other wood for it's durability/cost. Why would you want to make something for outside that you have to sand/paint, re-paint, every couple years because the elements get to it? I understand some northern climate folks maybe not being able to use cypress b/c of price and it may not hold up to extreme cold (although that is just a guess, we don't have that "extreme cold" down here).
    We have a house finished with cypress "siding" -boards, and I just love that weathered look of cypress, along with furniture. No one will convince me to use metal or plastics for anything I can use wood for. I'm a young, Southern Conservative forest-land lover, and I take pride in things made from wood. Just a natural beauty you can't get with production things. (Just my .02)

    But, on to your question. Having mentioned that I am a huge supporter of Cypress, if you buy it from a local distributor it should be cheaper than some chain place. I got 16 board feet for about $11. It happened to be rough cut and split in a couple places, but careful planning got it on my table with no problems. -but maybe that's not a normal market price. (I think market is about $3 a bf.)

    If you want pictures, just message me and I'd be happy to help. Goodluck!
  • OzarkQOzarkQ Posts: 150
    Yikes! They don't carry cypress up here in southern MO. All I can get is #1 treated pine or #2 cedar - and cedar is through the roof. It's $0.61 vs. $1.80 a foot. Figuring that the pine is going to probably require frequent attention vs. cedar - probably have to just bite the bullet I suppose... :pinch:
  • Check out the cost of redwood - rot resistant as well. Easy to work - generally straight when you buy it and won't move aournd a lot after you put it together.
  • Frank - Is redwood what you used for your tables? Saw the pictures on TNW's site...their beautiful!
  • I am going in a different direction..... Ironwood.

  • Yes I used redwood. Added three coats of marine varnish and they look like new. First time working with redwood. Straight, no twist, warps, bows, etc. Maybe I just got lucky but sure was easy to work with.
  • How's the redwood pricing down there? I looked into redwood here in Minneggsota and it seemed remarkable pricey. As beautiful as it is it's probably worth it though...
  • I can't recall the cost per board foot. I loaded the wood for both tables in my truck at a local lumber yard and brought it up front to get priced. When he told me the price (around $250) I did a quick double take. After I caught my breath, decided it was miles ahead of paying $600 for a cypress table. Add in the wheels, hardware, etc and the cost for both tables were around $350. The granite was given to me by a friend and I had the corian stored for a couple years after a kitchen remodel.
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