What kind of wood should I use for an outdoor table top?
9 Wood Species Best for Outdoor Projects
- Acacia. Acacia is a thick, strong hardwood with high oil content.
- Black Locust. Black Locust is one of the strongest and stiffest domestic woods.
- Cedar. Cedar is soft, light, and easy to work with.
What can you use for an outdoor table top?
Choose one of our outdoor table bases to provide a sturdy support to your table top.
- Aluminum Frame Table Tops.
- Laminate Table Tops.
- Poly Lumber Table Tops.
- Steel Table Tops.
- Teak Table Tops.
Will a wood table hold up outside?
Wooden furniture has to overcome some pretty big obstacles to survive outdoors, including: Materials: Most wood is by nature biodegradable, so anything not built of treated lumber (or rot resistant species such as teak, redwood, or cedar) will rot and break down with surprising speed.
How do you weatherproof a wood table?
There are three surefire ways to waterproof your wood for years to come.
- Use linseed or Tung oil to create a beautiful and protective hand-rubbed finish.
- Seal the wood with coating of polyurethane, varnish, or lacquer.
- Finish and waterproof wood simultaneously with a stain-sealant combo.
What is the most rot resistant wood?
Cedar, redwood, cypress and other naturally rot-resistant woods are often hailed as the premier choice when building outside structures like decks, arbors or saunas. Naturally Rot-Resistant Species:
- American mahogany.
- Western red cedar.
- Pacific yew.
- Black walnut.
- White oak.
How do you make a table step by step?
Table of Contents
- Step 1: Cut the Lumber.
- Step 2: Build the Uprights.
- Step 3: Connect the Long Supports and Legs.
- Step 4: Attach the Casters.
- Step 5: Secure the MDF.
- Step 6: Join the 2x8s.
- Step 7: Sand and Stain the Top and Base.
- Step 8: Attach the Top to the MDF.
Does polyurethane make wood waterproof?
No, polyurethane does not make hardwood waterproof, but it does make wood water resistant. Polyurethane gives hardwood its protection. It repels water and prevents water absorption, but it never fully blocks it so it will never make it 100% waterproof.