I made one piece, a band saw box, from cottonwood. Solved the fuzziness problem by staining, sanding and spraying poly and sanding again.
It doesn't take stain well. I'd have been better off painting it.
But, my Dad built several out buildings with it and covered them with tin siding. 30 years and still standing.
'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton
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