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Old 11-14-2017, 03:45 PM   #1
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In planning to build a heavy picnic bench, I am ready to order the lumber and would like to know if it would be advisable to buy air-dried or green. The stock is redwood and fairly thick at 2.5" for all lengths except for the legs which are 3.5" thick. At first I am thinking it would be advisable to go for dried lumber so it doesn't change shape and bow as it dries since the horizontal lengths will only be bolted in two places for the seats and three places for the table surface. Though the green stock is less than half the price and I got to thinking how this is an outdoor feature exposed to the upcoming rain anyway. I am wondering if dried lumber would make enough of a difference for the stability of this heavy table.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:08 PM   #2
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you could always use dowells or dominoes to enhance stability

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If you're applying a finish then green is going to be an issue. You are also much more likely to see checking and other movement with green lumber.
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I am not a fan of treated lumber as a table surface. I would pick something naturally rot resistant.
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I am not a fan of treated lumber as a table surface. I would pick something naturally rot resistant.
Pretty sure he means "green" as in, not dried.
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