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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all, I am looking for some advice on what type of wood to use for my shed project. The plan is to build a shed with skylights, not the type to do anything the easy way I decided to build the skylights myself using a rail and stile contruction method. I figured that this way I can learn how to do the rail and stile on non-finiture application. Anyway.....

I am looking for thoughts on what type of wood to use. I am not set on finish yet though the whole look of the shed will be more rustic than modern. I would be willing to paint the frames, but obvoiusly am lookin for the least amount of maintainace as possible. Likely the sides of the shed will be clad in cedar. (I know, the maintainace issue!) environmental conciderations would include weather from -30C (-22F) to +30 (85F) and generally very low humidity, though for a month or so it can be very wet. I live in Calgary, Alberta FYI.

I was thinking maybe teak, maybe cedar, but was worried about strength with the R&S frame.
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Hi Mark

You may want to think about using Cypress Lumber, it is strong and will last outside for a very long time

cedar is very soft but will stand up also but it does like to shrink..a lot.

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Hello all, I am looking for some advice on what type of wood to use for my shed project. The plan is to build a shed with skylights, not the type to do anything the easy way I decided to build the skylights myself using a rail and stile contruction method. I figured that this way I can learn how to do the rail and stile on non-finiture application. Anyway.....

I am looking for thoughts on what type of wood to use. I am not set on finish yet though the whole look of the shed will be more rustic than modern. I would be willing to paint the frames, but obvoiusly am lookin for the least amount of maintainace as possible. Likely the sides of the shed will be clad in cedar. (I know, the maintainace issue!) environmental conciderations would include weather from -30C (-22F) to +30 (85F) and generally very low humidity, though for a month or so it can be very wet. I live in Calgary, Alberta FYI.

I was thinking maybe teak, maybe cedar, but was worried about strength with the R&S frame.
Thanks in advance.



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Hello Mark! Welcome to the forum. I have to agree with BJ, You could go with cedar or cypress on the whole job. I have had good luck with cedar. It's a little light, but I haven't seen a lot of shrinking. I have some on My front porch that is about 15 Yrs old, and I have stained it twice, and It's doing good. Cypress is the better wood, but price may dictate a bit. Also, cedar may chip a bit more in the router table. Just some thoughts for You!

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Teak is a great outdoor wood, but usually rather pricey. I like BJ's suggestion of cypress. If you don't want to paint, pressure treated wood might be an option.

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Thanks for the suggestion and affirmations. I will see what is available around town and a what costs.

@ CanuckGal I thought about pressure treated but I find that the small dimension lumber warps badly and to rip down larger stuff removes the treatment.. I will look at what is available nonetheless. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Your local sawmills should have tamarack. It has characteristics similar to cedar. I'm using it for joists and beams on decks.

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thanks for the info
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I Use PT pine all the time for outdoor projects and you don't loose the treating by ripping down large pieces the wood is treated all the way through. It will also take paint very well if you give it time to dry.
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Douglas fir is another choice.

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Aha, why choose the bamboo, in my opinion, it's better than wood!
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