So a friend in Missouri is now a single dad with a too-cute-for-words
four-year-old daughter. He has stepped up to become "super dad" in every way he can.
The plan for this Fall, is to build a wooden deck behind his home, so they can step outside without sinking into snow and slush, etc. The current wooden deck is the cheapest "Build it to sell the home"
style of cheap construction made from cheap wood. It has to be removed, if only for the child's safety. I suppose the wood could be used for arts and crafts, but not much else.
So I got to thinking ... it is always dangerous when I get to thinking ...
I have all of these Red Oak church pews
here, and the thick wooden planks that make up the seat portions. His step-dad is a lifelong friend of mine. He asked me if it would be possible to build the deck out of this wood.
Knowing absolutely nothing
about how Red Oak would stand up to the Missouri summers and winters, I am asking you PROS for the answer. I cannot recall EVER seeing Red Oak used OUTDOORS.
I have built several decks, so the design
is not an issue. I can make it stunning, with all of the under framing and foundation it could ever need. I tend to OVERBUILD things.
I have ALL of the tools, two table saws, radial arm saws, cordless tools, and even a CNC router table for the Compass Rose that might end up in the center, made out of different wood, or maybe colored resin with glitter poured into the pockets!
But I don't want to build a deck and discover that Red Oak FAILS in freezing temperatures, or sweltering summers, or it is particularly tasty to termites, or wood eating microbes, or it cannot handle heavy rains, etc.
What is YOUR advice on this topic?